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Haacke, Theodore

FOUND DEAD.—A laboring man named Theodore Haacke was discovered last Friday near the small bridge this side the Cummins’ Creek bridge, dead by the roadside. An inquest was held by Justice Putney, and it was decided that he came to his death by drink and exposure. It appears he had been lying at the place for a day or two, and numbers passing noticed him, but perhaps thinking he was sleeping off a debauch, did not minister to his wants. Some employes of the railroad furnished him water last Friday. He was brought in and buried by the county last Saturday. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 3, 1885


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Habescht, John


Last Monday morning at 11:30, while John Habischt, a well-known German well-digger, was engaged in cleaning out a well on the Geo. Seydler place, (nine miles north of Weimar), the well suddenly began caving in, and in almost an instant the unfortunate man was buried several feet beneath the mass of dirt. The alarm was given at once and everybody in the neighborhood responded to the call for help, and although they worked like Trojans, did not succeed in uncovering the poor fellow until 1:30 p.m., two hours afterwards when of course life was extinct. Habescht was about 50 years old, and leaves a wife and young daughter. His remains were brought here Tuesday, and interred in the Catholic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1894

Hadash, Clarence F.

C. Hadash Funeral Held Here May 29

Funeral services for Clarence F. Hadash, 62, of Weimar, were held Wednesday, May 29, from St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial in Masonic Cemetery, Rev. John Bily officiated.

Hadash, a farmer, died May 28 at his home.

Born February 2, 1929, at East Bernard, he was a son of Ferdinand and Pauline (Pavlik) Hadash. After schooling here and in Blinn Jr. College, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps for four years, 1944-48. He married Alnita Otto here on September 5, 1954.

His wife survives him, along with two sons and daughters-in-law, Mickey and Tonya Hadash of Montgomery and Tommy and Diane Hadash of Weimar; four grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Allison of San Antonio; and three brothers, Marvin Hadash of San Antonio and Erwin and James Hadash both of Houston.

Serving as pallbearers were Ed Hanzelka Jr., Melvin Otto, Wilbert Otto, Victor Vana, Erwin Hadash Jr., Oscar Guenther, Royce Miller and Melroy Christen. Named honorary pallbearers were Edward Hadash, Duane Hadash, Bruce Hadash, Steve Gaydou, Mark Stevenson, and Russell Allison.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1991, page 6

Hadash, Emilie (Breska)

Final Rite for Mrs. Peter Hadash, 66, who died Tuesday morning in Youens Hospital, were held Wednesday afternoon, April 23, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Rev. W. E. Brown officiated.

Mrs. Hadash, whose health had been fairly good, had entered the hospital April 10 and was operated upon the following day. She suffered a stroke Monday night, living only a few hours afterward.

Born Emilie Breska Sept. 12, 1885, in Lavaca County, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Breska. She was married in 1922 to Mr. Hadash, who preceded her in death less than two years ago. She had lived near Weimar since her marriage.

Surviving are three sons, Fred Breska, Peter Hadash Jr. and Chas. Hadash, all of here; a daughter, Mrs. Tillie Tupa of Moulton; three stepsons, Rudolf Hadash of Wharton John Hadash of Weimar and Joe Hadash of El Campo; a brother and three sisters; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A son, Lad Breska, died in October, 1950, and a stepson, Fred Hadash, died in 1937.

Pallbearers at the funeral were George Breska, Clarence Hadash, Frank Tupa, Jim Okruhlik, Eddie Tomanek Jr., and Phillip Bujnoch.

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1852, page 1

Hadash, Ferdinand


Fred Hadash, 30, well known farmer living near Weimar, hanged himself in the barn Saturday. He was found dangling to a rope at 5:30 p. m. by his wife. Justice Arthur Ratliff returned an Inquest verdict of suicide.

He was a son of a pioneer family there, Mr. and, Mrs. Peter Hadash. His wife, and five children, including 6-months-old twins, survive. {interment in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 11, 1936, page 1

Hadash, Pauline T. (Pavlik)

Pauline Hadash Funeral Held Here Sept. 19

Funeral services for Pauline T, Hadash, 86, of San Antonio were held Saturday, Sept. 19 from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Hadash died Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Normandy Terrace Rest Home in San Antonio after a long illness.

Born March 10, 1901, at Weimar, she was a daughter of Louis and Annie (Gebaur) Pavlik. She was married to Ferdinand Hadash, who died Dec. 5, 1936, at the age of 36. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in San Antonio.

Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. Gladys M. Allison of San Antonio; four sons, Clarence Hadash of Weimar, Marvin Hadash of San Antonio, Erwin Hadash and Jimmie Hadash, both of Houston; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Ida Stirl of Cuero, Mrs. Alma Zalesky of San Antonio, Mrs. Elsie Cejka of Houston and Mrs.Alvina Waldecker of Maryland and four brothers, Joe Pavlik and Herman Pavlik of Weimar and John Pavlik and Edgar Pavlik, both of San Antonio. Two brothers, Frank Pavlik of Weimar and Otto Pavlik of San Antonio, and two sisters, Mrs. Martha Berger of San Antonio and Mrs. Annie Kunz, preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were six grandsons, Erwin Hadash Jr., Eddie Hadash, Dwayne Hadash, Bruce Hadash, all of Houston, Clarence M. Hadash of Conroe and Charles T. Hadash of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, September 24, 1987
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hadash, Peter

Peter Hadash, 74, Native of Austria, Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for Peter Hadash, Sr., 74, who died early Sunday morning at his home near Weimar, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Monday afternoon, Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Burial was in City Cemetery. [Weimar Masonic]

A native of Austria, where he was born April 25, 1876, Mr. Hadash came to America in 1906, settling in Pennsylvania, where for a short while he worked as a coal miner. He lived at Denver, Colorado for six years, and in 1912 moved to Schulenburg. After about a year he moved to this county. He married Emilie Breska Sept. 30, 1922.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Emilie Hadash; and five sons, Rudolph of Wharton County, John, Peter, Jr., ad Charlie of Weimar; and Joe of El Campo. Fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchilden also survive.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Hajovsky, John Kasper, Jerome Miculka, Rudolf Mozisek, Ben B. Holt, and Chas. F. Kalous.

Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1950

Hadden, Roby Robert

Death Claims Roby Hadden, Once Commissioner, Local Car Dealer

Death came for R. R. (Roby) Hadden, former Columbus businessman and Colorado county commissioner, Christmas Eve. He was 86.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. yesterday in Columbus Funeral home with Rev. W. F. Hathaway, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Mr. Hadden was a Methodist, and a Mason for over 50 years.

He had been in fading health for several months and died in Columbus hospital Monday morning.

Mr. Hadden was county commissioner in Precinct 1 from 1932 to 1954, operated the Ford Motor co. here in the 1920’s and at one time was an engineer for the Southern Pacific railway.

One of his proudest achievements as county commissioner was his work in obtaining partial remission of state ad valorem taxes for flood control in the county. He was also commissioner when right-of-way for Highways 71 and 90 were obtained in the county.

When he became commissioner in 1932, mules and fresnos were used in road building and maintenance,

Mr. Hadden was married to Tyla Wagenfuhr June 4, 1902. Mrs. Hadden died in 1952. He was born June 15, 1877 in Kosciuska, Miss, which has recently, figured in national news as the home of James Meredith’s parents.

Survivors include 2 brothers, W. A. Hadden of Ft. Stockton and Frank A. Hadden of Mercedes.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, Dec 27, 1962

Hadden, Tyla (Wagenfuhr)

Mrs. Hadden is Laid to Rest Here Monday

Last rites for Mrs. R. R. Hadden, who would have been 73 had she lived until May 2, were held at the Columbus Funeral home Monday afternoon, with Lane Denson, Episcopal seminary student of Austin, conducting. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery, where Rev. C. Jordan Mann of the Methodist church officiated at the graveside.

Mrs. Hadden died at her home Saturday night after an illness of several months.

She was born Tyla Wagenfuhr in Columbus in 1880, on the spot where the Hadden home now stands. She and Mr. Hadden were married in San Antonio in 1902 and had lived in Columbus since 1916. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary quietly in their home here last June 4.

Besides her husband, who is commissioner of Precinct 1, Mrs. Hadden is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. I. G. Wirtz of Columbus and Mrs. C. A. Dehnisch of Dallas, and 2 nieces.

Pallbearers were Dan Hooper Jr., David Foster, Charles Glithero, R. C. Tolbirt, E. L. Litzmann, Tanner Walker, L. L. Hastedt and Sam K. Seymour Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, April 23, 1953

Haddock, Marvin

Funeral Services Set For Friday for Haddock Child

Funeral services will be held Friday (tomorrow) at two o’clock at Rock Island for Marvin Haddock, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ester Haddock. Marvin died Wednesday at John F. Bell Memorial Hospital. Rev. W. T. Veatch of Rock Island will officiate. Columbus Funeral Home is making the arrangements. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

The child was born April 27th, 1931 at La Donna, Texas. He is survived by his parents and a brother, Melton

Colorado County Citizen, September 26, 1940
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hagan, George

George Hagan

George Hagan, 81, passed away on Thursday, March 19.

He was born in Yoakum, Texas on April 30, 1927 to George and Sally Hagan. He came from a family of three brothers and seven sisters.

After high school, George served his country in World War II as a Marine in Guam. After he returned home, he met the love of his life, Winnie Kamarad of New York. They married on January 22, 1949. They made their home in Columbus, where they raised three daughters. They were blessed with six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The greatest enjoyment of George and Winnie’s lives came when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999.

For over 40 years, George was involved in the cattle business and was highly respected in the cattle industry. In 1957, he became part owner of Columbus Livestock.

George always gave back to the community. He volunteered his time through the years at FFA sales, the local 4-H, and county fairs of Columbus and the surrounding communities. As faith was very important to George, he tirelessly auctioned at numerous church picnics throughout the area. He also auctioneered at the annual Magnolia Homes Tour and the Ducks Unlimited banquets. He was nominated for Columbus Volunteer of the Year, served as the Columbus FFA Parade Marshal, and was an honorary member of the FFA.

George sold his business in 1999, giving him more time to spend with family and friends. George enjoyed fishing, hunting in South Texas, and barbeques with friends.

George loved life, his church, family, and friends. He will always be remembered as a man “who never met a stranger.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; six sisters; and three brothers.

He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Sally Etzel and husband, Bill, of Brenham, Sherry Sassin and husband, Joe, of Houston, and Sandy Neuendorff and husband, Ronnie, of Columbus; grandchildren, Mark Brunton and wife, Sarah, of Katy, Todd Etzel of College Station, Ashley Braun and husband, Russell, of Columbus, Austin Adamcik of Houston, Alexa Sassin of Houston, and Tanner Neuendorff of Columbus; great-granddaughter, Reagan Brunton of Katy; sister, Jo Terrell of San Antonio; and special friend, Dolores Hoelscher of Columbus.

Funeral services took place Sunday, March 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor Jeffrey Marsh and Pastor Heath Abel officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers included Bill Etzel, Joe Sassin, Ronnie Neuendorff, Mark Brunton, Todd Etzel, Austin Adamcik, Tanner Neuendorff, and Russell Braun.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 26th, 2009

Hagemann, Paul

Death of Mr. Paul Hagemann

News reached here Wednesday of the death of Mr. Paul Hagemann at his home in Dallas. The body was shipped here for interment, arriving on the noon train Thursday. The funeral will be held at ten o’clock this morning from the residence of Mr. Felix Fehrenkamp. He will be buried at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Hagemann was born in New Ulm and married Miss Lena Stein, a sister of Mrs. Felix Fehrenkamp. He leaves a wife, a son and a daughter.

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1919
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Hagen, George


George Hagen, a native of Germany, assistant teacher of the German-English school at Content, died at 3 o’clock, the 14th inst., in the 26th year. Has been in this country but a short time, was a young man of exemplary moral habits, with classical education. We understand he was expecting his father, who lives in Germany to arrive in a few days. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 18, 1885

Hagendorf, Monica Lyn (Tait)


Monica Lyn Tait Hagendorf, 49, of Columbus, Texas, passed away March 7, 2003 in her home in Columbus. Monica was born, raised, and resided in Columbus, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Elbert and Alice Pohler Tait, infant sister, Harriet Louise Tait, and brothers-in-law James "Fritz" Cranek and Dr. John Huffmeyer.

She is survived by her husband Matthew Hagendorf of Columbus; children, Tara Tait Hagendorf of Houston, Beth Nicole Hagendorf and Matthew Russell Hagendorf of Columbus, Texas; her sisters, Millycent Tait Cranek of Columbus, Rita Louise Tait Huffmeyer of San Antonio, Roberta Asbury Tait of Columbus, and Charla Williams Tait Ford of Fairhope, AL; and brother Bob Tait of Columbus.

Monica, the youngest child of the Tait family, attended school at St. Anthony Catholic School in Columbus and Bishop Forest High School in Schulenburg. Her Godparents are Lester and Margaret Bunge. Monica attended college at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and Southwest Texas University. At Stephens College, Monica was involved in the Equine Program. She had a life-long love for horses, especially paint horses. She started riding at Tait Ranch at a very early age. She attended many horse shows and was a member of many horse clubs. During their childhood, both Monica and her children competed in 4-H horse club activities.

She was married in 1974 to her husband Matthew Hagendorf. They lived on Tait Ranch for five years and then moved to the town of Columbus. Monica and Matthew enjoyed 29 years of marriage together. They relished doing everything together including family vacations, being outdoors, and spending time with the horses. Monica said, "Ever since we married, Matthew treated me like a princess."

Monica was a loving, caring, and devoted mother of three. She was very involved in all of her children's activities. All three children are Texas A&M Aggies.

Monica enjoyed gardening and all types of flowers. She loved tropical places and beaches. Monica will be remembered for being very fashionable and looking nice everywhere she went.

Monica will be remembered for being amiable. She loved talking to people and made many friends. Monica also loved children and teaching CCD class. She was a substitute teacher at the Columbus Elementary, Junior High, and High School.

Monica was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was involved in many bible studies and prayer groups. She liked attending healing masses.

Monica was the First Vice President and a Charter Member of the Dilue Rose Harris Chapter. She was also a member of the Col. Charles William Tait Chapter #669 of the Children of the Confederacy.

Monica lost her fight with cancer after seven brave years. The many special people of Houston Hospice Support Care, based in El Campo, cared for her. Her special caregiver was Tanya Austin. She spent her final days comfortably at home with her family.

Parish Prayer Service and Rosary were held Sunday, March 9, 2003 at Henneke Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held Monday, March 10, 2003 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus, Texas. Burial was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Frank Cranek, Charles Tait, Garett Hagendorf, Nick Hagendorf, Jason Hagendorf, Clay Hagendorf, and Justin Hagendorf.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic School Trust Fund.

The Hagendorf family would like to thank all the wonderful friends and family who volunteered to help in so many ways. The many meals, prayers, support, and all types of help are so greatly appreciated.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

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Hahnke, Augusta (Otto)

Mrs. Augusta Hahnke, beloved wife of Mr. Otto Hahnke, well known farmer living a short distance north of Weimar, died Wednesday night of last week, after a comparatively brief illness, and the funeral took place at the Masonic Cemetery west of town the following day. Rev. O. A. Meyer, Evangelical pastor, officiated at the burial services.

Mrs. Augusta Hahnke, nee Otto, was born Jan. 16, 1861 in Danzig, Germany. She came to America in the year 1888, settling in Colorado county, where she lived up to the time of her death. She was united in marriage to Mr. Otto Hahnke in 1889. One daughter, Mrs. Ella Mueck was the result of this union. Mrs. Hahnke passed away Feb 14 at the age of 74 years and 28 days. She is survived by her heart-broken husband, Mr. Otto Hahnke; one daughter, Mrs. Ella Mueck of Santa Rosa, California; two brothers, Messrs. Carl and Paul Otto. The two brothers were present at the funeral, but on account of not knowing her correct address, the surviving daughter, Mrs. Ella Mueck was not present, having failed to get word of her mother's death in time to reach here.

Mrs. Hahnke was a splendid, good woman, always proving herself to be a devoted wife, mother and friend, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1935
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hahnke, Otto

Funeral Held For Mr. Otto Hahnke Monday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mr. Otto Hahnke, 81, were held here Monday afternoon from the family residence, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. C. Emigholz officiated.

Mr. Hahnke was a resident of this section for 81 years. He was married in 1889 to Miss Augusta Otto.

Survivors include a daughter. Mrs. John Mueck of Weimar; one brother, Willie Zoeller, of Schulenburg; six nephews, Charlie, Ernest. William, Arthur. Adolph and Edmund Otto, all of Weimar.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, October 3, 1941, page 1

Haidusek, Frances Ann (Heger)

Frances Haidusek - WEIMAR
Tuesday, July 19, 2005

WEIMAR - Frances Haidusek, 86, of Weimar, died Saturday, July 16, 2005.

Survivors: daughters, Carmen Hoskins of Smithville, Gail Stryk of Schulenburg, Sandy Rhodes and Edna Stavinoha, both of Columbus, Arlene Mikush of Weimar, Mary Wiggins of Austin; sons, E J Haidusek of Lockhart and Rick Haidusek of Frydek; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at St. Michaels Catholic Church, the Rev. John Bily officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael's Masoleum. Hubbard Funeral Home, Weimar, 979-725-8561.

Victoria Advocate Online, 19 Jul 2005
Submitted by Matt Cross

Haidusek, Louise P. (Polk)

Haidusek Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise P. Haidusek, 88, of Weimar were held Saturday afternoon from St. Michael's Catholic Church here, with burial in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery at Schulenburg. Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Haidusek died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Haidusek, which had been her home the past 14 years.

Born Oct. 14, 1890, at Schulenburg, she was a daughter of Stephan and Johanna (Holub) Polk. She was married to Jaroslav L. Haidusek on October 10, 1910, at St. Rose of Lima Church. He died in 1957.

Mrs. Haidusek was a member of Hermann Sons Lodge No. 14 of Schulenburg and Christian Mothers Society there.

Survivors are son and daughter-in-law, Edwin H. and Frances Haidusek of Weimar; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Emil Polk of Schulenburg, Steve Polk of Waco, Ed Polk of Marlin and Herman Polk of Mart; and three sisters, Mrs. Albina Schlemmer of Corsicana, Mrs. Annie Hoffman of Mart, and Mrs. Mary Miller of Waco.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Alphonse in 1914; a daughter, Edna Brangan in 1955; one sister, Julia Teltschik; and two brothers, Joe and Anton Polk.

Pallbearers for the service were E. J. Haidusek, Patrick Haidusek, Donald Brangan, Keith Brangan, Gene Hoskins, Dennis Stryk, Mike Stavinoha and Alvin Mikush. Joe V. Adamcik was lector, Mrs. Richard Coerver organist, Donald Polk and Richard Coerver altar boys.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Haines, Charles Burgess


Charles Burgess Haines, 95, of Sheridan, died Tuesday, July 8, 1997.

Born Sept. 26, 1901 in New City, Ill., he was the son of John Charles Freemont and Mary Eldridge Haines.

Services were held July 12 at Kubena Funeral Home Chapel in Halletsville, with Rev. Brent Pittman officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Mr. Haines is survived by a stepson; sister Lola Jugan of Springfield, Ill.; two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and six great-step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Flora Haines and son Vernon Haines.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 1997

Haines, William

Death of Mr. Wm. Haines.

Mr. Wm. Haines was found in a sitting position, dead, on the gallery of Mrs. May Dobbins residence, where he had been boarding for many years, about eight o’clock Tuesday evening, his death being due to heart failure. Deceased had been in ill health for some months past and his death, though deplored by all, was not wholly unexpected. Funeral services were held as Mrs. Dobbins residence Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, Rev. J. E. Morgan, the Methodist minister officiating; interment in the Masonic cemetery.

“Bill” Haines, as he was familiarly known to his friends, was a good man, straight forward and honest in all his business transactions, quiet and unassuming in his manner, polite and courteous to every one.

Mr. Haines was about 48 years of age, and of English birth. He came to this country from England in 1879 and located at Lissie, then known as New Philadelphia. He remained there only a short time, moving to Eagle Lake and this city has been his home ever since.

No relatives in this country survive him, but he leaves a mother and sister in London. A cablegram of his death was sent them, but no answer was received, and his remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery at this place.

Mr. Haines had a great many friends in this section. We do not believe he had an enemy. Everyone liked him and his death is regretted by all who knew him.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 22, 1908, page 2

Hairston, Mary Cordelia (Burford)


Funeral services were held today for Mrs. Thomas Coke Hairston, who died yesterday in Youens Hospital in Weimar.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Norman L. Roberts at Columbus Funeral Home and burial was in the family plot at Independence, where her husband, Dr. T. C. Hairston, is buried.

Mrs. Hairston was born Mary Cordelia Burford, near Weimar, August 10, 1879, a daughter of W. T. and Mattie Pinchback Burford. Her parents later moved to Columbus, and Mr. Burford was associated with C. O.Weller in the drug store that is now Zumwalt's.

Her husband, Dr. Harrison, practiced in Independence for many years, associated with Dr. Jesse Burford, and the family moved to Austin about 1917. They returned to live in Independence before moving to Columbus in 1946.

Dr. and Mrs. Hairston were married here in the Marcus Townsend home, now the Thurmond West residence, April 2, 1902.

Their only son, Dr. Thomas Hairston, prominent young physician of San Antonio, died in January 1946. Surviving children are Miss Martha Hairston and Mrs. Rankin Carter of Houston and Mrs. C. B. Dillworth of Austin. Four grandchildren and 3 great grand children also survive. Mrs. Hairston is also survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. A. W. Hahn and Mrs. W. M Paulsen of,Columbus, last remaining of the large family of 11 children.

Colorado County Citizen, Feb 28, 1957, p 10. Col 4.
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Hairston , Thomas Coke

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church at Independence Tuesday for Dr. Thomas Coke Hairston, 78, who died at his home in Columbus. The Rev. J. Earl Bryant officiated and burial was in the family plot in the Independence Cemetery.

A native of Independence, Dr. Hairston was a son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John Thomas Hairston who came from Jasper County, Georgia to Texas.

He married Miss Mary Burford, April 2, 1901 in Columbus. In 1946, he retired and they moved to Columbus to live.

Besides his widow, he is survived by 3 daughters, Miss Martha Hairston of Houston, Mrs. Collett Dillworth of Austin, and Mrs. Rankin Carter of San Antonio. His only son Dr. Thomas Hairston of San Antonio died several years ago.

Pallbearers were Mack Young, Cas Clay, Fount Toalson, Charlie Dietzman, W. C. Lueckmeyer and Harvey Gibson all of Independence.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 1954, p. 12, col. 4.
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Hajdik, Leroy J.


Funeral services for Leroy J. Hajdik, 52, of Columbus retired Colorado County Extension agent, were held Monday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. The Rev. Robert Schlortt and Rev. Sharon Burns officated[sic]. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Hajdik passed away March 30 in Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Born in Smithville, July 12, 1938, he was the son of Rudolph and Annie (Vacek) Hajdik. He was united in marriage with Thusnelda Koehn Jan. 12, 1963 in Weimar. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1959 and from Texas A&M University with a masters degree in 1970 and did graduate work at Colorado State.

He and his family moved to Columbus in 1977 where he was County Agricultural Agent for a total of 29 years. He was instrumental in organizing the Colorado County Fair, he was past president of the St. Paul Lutheran Church Council and the Columbus Rotary Club and a director of the Texas County Agricultural Agents Assn. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National County Agents Assn. and was recognized by the Texas Animal Health Commission and the U.S. Depart of Agriculture for his educational program on brucillosis. The 1991 Colorado County Fair will be dedicated to him.

Surviving are his wife, Nelda Hajdik of Columbus; his mother, Annie Hajdik of Flatonia; daughter, Holly Hajdik of Columbus; two sons, Brad Hajdik of San Antonio and Brock Hajdik of College Station; one sister, Bernice Mann of El Campo, and one brother, Julius Hajdik of San Antonio.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, April 5, 1991

Hajovsky, Alma (Hluchanek)

Alma Hajovsky Services Held August 3

Alma Hluchanek Hajovsky, 94, of Weimar passed away Aug. 1, at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 3, at St. Michael Church with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Alma (Tuttie) was born June 22, 1916, in Holman to Emil and Mary (Stavinoha) Hluchanek.

She attended St. Michael’s Elementary School and Weimar High School.

She married Joe Hajovsky on Oct. 14, 1935.

Alma was a devoted housewife and enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, embroidery and doing handwork her entire life.

She was a beloved Mother and Grandmother.

She liked to play dominos and in her later years could still win most games and play quicker than her younger opponents.

Alma was a devoted member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America.

Her faith in God was first and foremost in her life along with her devotion to her family.

She volunteered at St. Michael’s until she was 89 years old.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter-in-law Rita Jo Hajovsky; her parents; two sisters; her niece Mark Skeleton and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.

Survivors include her sons Thomas and Michael; daughter Judy and her husband Larry Moler; grandson Christopher and wife Sulekha; granddaughter Lauren; sister-in-law Georgia Seifert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 2010, page 2
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Hajovsky, John Anton

John Anton Hajovsky, 95, of Weimar, passed away Nov. 15, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

Hajovsky was born June 1, 1907 in Holman to Joseph John and Mary Vacek Hajovsky and married Martha Hluchanek, of Weimar, on June 17,1935. He began working on March 17, 1924, at the age of 16, for Hill Bank and Trust Company as a bookkeeper. He was promoted to assistant cashier, cashier vice president and director and finally to the presidency in 1954. He remained president for over 30 years, until he stepped down in 1989 at the age of 82. He then retained the honorary title of president emeritus and continued his daily visits to the bank for many years after. He was involved with Hill Bank and Trust Company for 75 years.

He was a devoted member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and together with his wife, made substantial contributions to St. Michael's Church and St. Michael's School. In addition, they were benefactors to Colorado Fayette Medical Center, donating a chapel and mammogram unit to the hospital, and also to Parkview Manor Nursing Home. Their generosity also extended to the Weimar Fire Department, the Weimar Public Library, the Heritage Society Museum and the Boy and Girl Scout's programs in Weimar, the Weimar baseball field and Bishop Forest High School in Schulenburg.

He was the longest living member of the Weimar Knights of Columbus. In 1998, his family was recognized as the Knight Farnily of the Month. In 1977 he received from Pope Paul Vl the papal honor of Knight of St. Gregory the Great.

Hajovsky was a member and past president of the Weimar Rotary Club and was involved with this organization for 59 years. In January 2001, he was presented the club's "Four Avenues of Service" award and he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his support of the Rotary Club's international charitable endeavors. He was also active in the Weimar Chamber of Commerce and the Weimar United Fund. In 1992, the Weimar Masonic Lodge No. 423 honored him with their Community Builder Award. The city of Weimar honored him by electing him to serve as co-grand marshall of the Gedenke 125 Parade.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Henry, Steve and Jerome; and sisters, Marie Harrie, Fran-ces Hluchanek, Annie Sumbera, Agnes Hajovsky and Magdalena Hajovsky.

He is survived by sisters Georgia Seifert of Weimar and Lilie Kennedy and husband, J. P., of Bellview, Fla.; and sisters-in-law Tuttie Hajovsky, Thelma Hajovsky, Dorothy Hajov-sky and Edna Neumeyer.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Nov. 18, with Father John Bily officiating at St. Michael's Catholic Church and interment at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were his nephews Joe Hajovsky, Michael Hajovsky, Mark Seifert, Malcolm Sumbera, Joe Hluchanek and David Hajovsky. Honorary pallbearers were Leonard Bartos, Ed Hanzelka, Daniel Ulbricht, Bennie Kunz, Bennie Rerich and Robert Moore.

Colorado County Citizen, November 27, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hajovsky, Leona Elizabeth

El Camp Citizen:

Leona Hajovsky, two year old daughter of Charles Hajovsky of Taiton, died last Friday and was buried Saturday in St. Mary's cemetery at Nada, Rev. V. A. Raska, officiating.

Weimar Mercury, December 17, 1926

Hajovsky, Thelma (Raulston)

Thelma Hajovsky

Thelma L. Hajovsky, 89 of Columbus, passed away May 4 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

She was born January 19, 1920 in Fort Towson, Okla. to Martin Raulston and Maude Dunn.

She married Henry John Hajovksy March 17, 1943 and was a Columbus resident for 63 years. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, the Catholic Daughters of Americas Court Mary Queen of Snows 1588 and V.F.W. Post 6113 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Alva Mullins, Malta Phillips, Nora Moore and Rachel Adams; and brothers, Robert Raulston and Van Raulston.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Hajovsky of Columbus; sons, Jimmy Hajovsky and wife Jeanette of Fulshear, Jerry Hajovsky and wife Fran of Sheridan, Joe Hajovsky and wife Sharon and Johnny Hajovsky and wife Kathy, all of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Kelly Watkins, Brad Fehrenkamp, Jenny Inabinet, Kristen Rudolph, Julie Hajovksy, Brian Hajovsky, Abby Hajovksy and Lance Hajovsky; and three great-grandchildren, Kathryn Inabinet, Ethan Hajovsky and Reed Hajovsky.

Funeral services took place Friday, May 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brad Fehrenkamp, Mike Inabinet, Lance Hajovsky, Ben Watkins, Brian Hajovksy and Ahren Rudolph. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Elliot, Clayton Adams and Joe Hluchanek.

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Halada, Maria (Herbacks)

Mrs. Adolph Richter has taken charge of the young infant of Mrs. Halada, who died yesterday.

The Daily Informer,Weimar, Texas, August 12, 1887, page 4


We regret to state that the wife of V. Halada died in this place on the 11th inst. She leaves a husband and an infant babe. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 18, 1887

Halada, Valentine

Mr. V. Halada, a respected shoemaker of this city, was found dead in his bed at his residence early Monday morning, with a 38 Smith & Wesson bullet in his brain, and a revolver tightly clasped in his right hand, the bullet entering behind the right ear and lodging in the brain. Mr. Halada was an old resident of Weimar and was well and favorably known. He was a widower and leaves one daughter, who is attending school at Castroville. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1898, page 1

Shoemaker Suicides.

V. Halliday, a German shoemaker, who has been living in Weimar for the past 18 or 20 years, committed suicide on the 25th by shooting himself in the head with a bulldog revolver. It is not known at what time the act was done, but it must have been during the earlier part of the night, as the body was discovered next morning apparently cold.

Shiner Gazette, 5 Oct 1898
Contributed by Matt Cross

Halcom, Harold “Hal" Franklin


Harold "Hal" Franklin Halcom, 59, of Columbus,Texas passed away Sunday May 12 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born December 19, 1942 in Brownsville, Texas to Mildred Estelle McLennan and Harold Randolf Halcom. Hal grew up in Mercedes, Texas and, despite suffering from the effects of polio, he played football, was a top student, played the trombone in the band, sang in the choir, and became an Eagle Scout. He later attended Southwest Texas State University and graduated with a double major in history and government. Hal was honored as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity.

When the war in Vietnam escalated, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in San Antonio, he served in the Judge Advocate General's office, completed his law degree, and received his doctorate in jurisprudence from St. Mary's University. He served from 1966-1972 and did one tour in Vietnam. He moved to Columbus in 1972 and began his law practice in criminal and family law, which he continued until the time of his death.

His dedication and love for others led him to become involved in many charitable organizations including the Masons, Shriners, Eastern Star, Knights Templar of Texas, Scottish Rite, and York Rite. He had the distinguished honor of being the Masonic District Deputy Grand Master for the year 2000 and was a Past Master on two occasions for the Caledonia Lodge #68 in Columbus, Texas.

Hal did charitable work for many local churches and did work free of charge for child protective cases. Few knew of his charitable work, which was done without need for recognition.

He is survived by his wife Virgie Ann; sons Edward Allen Halcom and fiancé Amanda Kleimann of Columbus, David Charles and Kelly Halcom of Glen Rose; Stepson David Robert and Lurlyn Neisner of Columbus; grandchildren Cody and Westen Halcom of Glen Rose and Robert and Ryan Neisner of Columbus.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Columbus on May 15 with Reverend Sammy Carr officiating. Masonic services followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Pallbearers included: Ronnie Rogers, Walter Evans, Tom Fleming, Gary Sutton, Stephen Moore, Billy Sweat, and Tommy Etheridge. Honorary pallbearers included Virgil E. Womack, Fred Verhine, Robert Neisner, Ryan Neisner, Cody Halcom, Westen Halcom, Henry Potter, Bert Bennett, Bob Phipps, Stephen Draper, Judge Gus Strauss, Judge Dwight Peschel, Judge Al Jamison, Judge Dodie Dungen, Judge. Frances Truchard, Police Chief Robert Connors, Sheriff Curley Weid, Harvey Vornsand, Ken Sparks, Dan Taber, Ty Prause, Richard Manske, Houston Munson, Julian Moore, John Weid, Barry Rutta, Billy Joe Schindler, Tex Rogers, Mike McLennan, Jeff Williams, Bob Richardson, Buddy Prause, Bubba Evans, Joe Etheridge, John Womack, Carl Halla, and George P. Willis.

Colorado County Citizen, May 22,2002

Hale, Alice Mae (Thomas)

Mrs. Martin Thomas Hale

Relatives and friends in the community were deeply saddened to learn last week of the death of Mrs. Martin (Alice Mae Thomas) Hale of Kerrville, a longtime former resident of Eagle Lake and Lissie communities. Mrs. Hale died in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 6:30 in the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 9 after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at three o’clock Thursday, Feb. 11 from the chapel of the Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake. The Rev. Charles Runk, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Eagle Lake, officiated at the services. Inspirational taped organ music was rendered during the service.

The body of this loved one was placed to a final resting place in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Waddell, Bruce Waddell, W. J. (Ted) Brunner, Donald Obenhaus, J. R. Thomas, John Thomas, Gayle Thomas and Henry Sunderman.

Alice Mae was born in the Lissie community on May 19, 1915, the daughter of Moses and Clara Belle Causey Thomas. She spent her childhood years in Lissie and Eagle Lake and graduated as a popular member of the Eagle Lake High School class of 1933.

On June 7, 1941 Alice Mae Thomas and Martin Hale were united in marriage. At that time Mr. Hale was band director at Eagle Lake High School. Following his service in World War II, the Hales moved to McCamey and after a number of years moved to Mason where they resided for 11 years. In 1964 the family moved to Kerrville and has made their home there since except for periods when Alice Mae was confined to hospitals here and in Houston.

Mrs. Hale was a member and active worker in the Methodist Church and in other civic and community organizations. She loved doing volunteer work with the elderly and with various senior citizen organizations. It was always her desire to be of assistance in whatever way possible to friends of all ages.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold Thomas of Eagle Lake. Surviving to mourn the passing of this loved one are: her widower, Martin Hale of Kerrville; a son, William A. (George) Hale of Los Angeles, California; a sister, Mrs. Leonard (Ruth) Seaholm of Dallas; two brothers, Ralph (Rusty) Thomas and Dr. Raymond R. Thomas, both of Eagle Lake. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and a great host of friends.

Alice Mae always had a smile and words of cheer, love, wisdom and friendship for every acquaintance. She was always an inspiration to her family, relatives and friends and she shall be missed by all who came to have the pleasure and honor of her acquaintance.

Deepest sympathy is extended to her loved ones in their great loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight. February 18, 1988
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Hale, E. Martin

E. Martin Hale
August 27, 1914 – July 15, 1999

E. Martin Hale, 84, of Kerrville, passed away Thursday, July 15, 1999, at 8:30 p.m. at the Kerrville Rest Home.

He was born August 27, 1914, in Round Mountain, Texas, to William Agee and Stella Shelly Hale.

He lost his father in 1921, and his family moved to San Marcos in 1928.

He graduated from Southwest Texas Teacher’s College with a B. A. degree in History, English and Music in 1937, where he was a member of the Alpha and Omega Fraternity, also known as the White Stars.

He began his teaching career as high school band director in Eagle Lake, where he married Alice Mae Thomas in 1941.

In 1942, he began a three-year service in the United States Army as band director of the 124th Cavalry Band in Ft. Riley, Kansas.

He taught in McCamey, Texas, for one year, then returned to his beloved Texas Hill Country as band director in Mason in 1950.

He attended the University of Texas at Austin during the summer and received an M.A. degree in education in 1952.

He left Mason to work for the Britannica Company, Education Division for three years.

He moved to Kerrville in 1963, where he was employed by the Kerrville Independent School District as Curriculum Director until his retirement in 1979.

A year later, he returned to work part-time in charge of maintaining all audio-visual equipment throughout the K.I.S.D. campuses, a job he continued until November 1998.

His life was dedicated to his family and to education. He was a positive influence and an invaluable role model for his many students throughout his career, through his undying faith in young people and his determination to contribute wherever he could to their growth and development. He truly made a difference.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alton Agee and William Boyd Hale. His wife, Alice Mae Hale, passed away in 1988 after nearly 47 years of marriage.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Wm. A.”George” and Robin Hale of Kerrville; numerous nieces and nephews, many friends and other relatives including locally, brothers-in-law, Dr. Raymond R. Thomas and Ralph Thomas.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 18, at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Kerrville Funeral Home with Rev. Phillip Stevenson of St. Boniface Episcopal Church officiating.

The family assembled for graveside services and interment at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Paul Lynn, Pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, officiating.

Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were John and Drs. Russell, Kurt and Griff Thomas; George Athal and Melvin Hale, Ted Schwarz and Reagan Laughlin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin Inc., 207 W. 18th Street, Austin, Texas 78701-1399.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 22, 1999
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Haley, Jeannie Lynn (Vineyard)

Last Rites Held Yesterday for Mrs. T. P. Haley

Citizens of Eagle Lake community were deeply grieved this week to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. Thomas Preston Haley, native of this community and one of its most dearly loved persons. Mrs. Haley became ill at her home here Sunday, December 23rd and she was admitted to Laughlin Hospital. She never recovered from a heart ailment and passed away at 10:08 a.m. Monday morning, December 31st.

Funeral services were conducted in the First Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Wednesday, January 2nd with three ministers, Rev. Warren W. Beal, pastor of First Baptist Church, The Rev. Joe R. Townsend, pastor of First Baptist Church and the Rev. F. Parke Smith, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church officiating. Mrs. Clara Mae Nash played favorite hymns on the piano during the services.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery beside her husband who preceded her in death on March 13, 1944. Serving as pallbearers were: D. R. Wintermann; Samuel Martin; M. M. Jones; S. S. Sinclair; Joe S. Reed; Hargrove Smith; Gordon Birdwell; Raymond Waddell. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jeannie Lynn Vineyard was born on July 12th, 1891 in Eagle Lake to Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Vineyard. At the age of six she and her family moved to Houston where she attended school. In June of 1914 she and Thomas Preston Haley were married in Houston.

The family moved to Kansas City in 1925 and after residing there for six years, returned to Houston and then moved here in 1932, where she made her home until her death.

Survivors include: Her mother, Mrs. B. L. Vineyard of this city; one son, Thomas P. Haley of Austin; a sister, Mrs. John H. Foster of Eagle Lake; and three grandchildren Nancy Lynn, Ann and Preston Haley of Austin.

During her lifetime she was a devout member of the First Presbyterian church and centered her life around her home, her family, and her church. She was a Sunday School teacher for many, many years and provided music for services at the Church.

Her friendliness and love for her fellow citizens won her the admiration and love of the entire community. Her many friends join her family in the sadness upon the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3, 1957
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Haley, Sarah Alice (Landers) Craycraft

Mother Of Joe Craycraft Buried Here Yesterday

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral home yesterday afternoon for Mrs. Sarah Alice Haley, mother of Joe Craycraft, who died in Columbus hospital early Tuesday. Rev. C. Jordan Mann of the Methodist church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Haley was born at Rusk Dec. 24, 1893, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Landers. She was a member of the Methodist church and had lived here for about 4 years with the Craycraft family.

She is survived by another son, Orville Craycraft of Jacksonville and brothers, Joe Landers of Maryland and Carol Landers of California.

Pallbearers were Sam Harbert Jr., Jack Allen, Marley Giddens, Phil Gates, Ed Strobel and Dudley Baker.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1951, page 6

Haley, Thomas Preston

Services Held For Tom Haley Of Eagle Lake

Special to The Citizen

Eagle Lake, March 15--Funeral services for Thomas Preston Haley, 53, well known rice grower and cattleman, were held here Tuesday afternoon from the residence of his mother-in-law, Mrs. B. L. Vineyard, with whom he made his home. Officiating were Rev. D. A. McNeill of Houston, pastor of the Presbyterian church here, and the Rev. Richard A. Park of Christ Episcopal church and interment was in Lakeside cemetery.

Mr. Haley served on the tire panel of the Colorado county war price and ration board, and was an elder of the Presbyterian church in Eagle Lake,.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. T. P. Haley, a son, T. P. Haley IV; and his mother, Mrs. W. D. Haley.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1944.

Haley, Thomas Preston IV

Thomas Preston Haley IV

January 7, 1918 -January 30, 1993

Thomas Preston Haley IV, age75, passed away January 30, 1993, in Galveston. He was born January 7, 1918, in Houston to Thomas Preston Haley III and Jeannie Lynn Vineyard. Survivors include his wife Yvonne Haley of Lane City; daughters, Nancy Lynn Haley of Austin, Anne Haley Bryant and son-in-law, Ernest of Lane City; son, Thomas Preston Haley V of Pasadena; and grandson, Randall Bryant of Lane City. Funeral services were to be held Wednesday, February 3, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Smithville, with Bro. Y.J. Jimenez to officiate. Graveside services were to follow at the Lakeside Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; February 4, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Halfmann, Albert Henry

Halfmann Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Albert H. Halfmann of Frelsburg were held Saturday, October 28, 1989 from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg at 10:30 a.m. with Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Halfmann passed away Thursday, October 26, at his residence. He was 72 years of age.

Born February 28, 1917 at Frelsburg, he was the son of Edward and Helen Krenek Halfmann. He was united with the former Toni Canik June 25, 1940, and was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Toni Halfmann of Frelsburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Raymond Kasmiersky of Sealy, Linda and Leon Cernoch of Katy and Elaine and Donnie Wavra of Columbus; one son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Barbara Halfmann of Frelsburg; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Pallbearers were Brian Cernoch, Michael Kasmiersky, Pete Janish, Gilbert Canik, Leonard Wostarek and Clement Kubicek.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, November 2, 1989, page 2

 Halfmann, Edward H.

Edward Halfmann Dies After Stroke; Services Saturday

Funeral services for Edward Halfmann, farmer of the Frelsburg community, were held at the family residence and later at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Saturday, with requiem high mass at 10 a.m., Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Halfmann suffered a stroke Dec. 27, and was taken to a Bellville hospital where he died Dec. 30, at 8:45 p.m.

He was born a Frelsburg May 14, 1883, and spent his entire life in that community. He was married to Helen Cranek 41 years ago. His widow survives.

Other survivors are 2 sons, Albert and Edwin of Frelsburg, 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Anton and Leo of Frelsburg and 2 sisters, Mrs. A. W. Willrodt of Columbus and Mrs. Josephine Hoelscher of West Texas.

A daughter, a brother and 3 sisters died many years ago.

Rosary was said at the family residence Thursday and Friday nights.

Ball bearers were Louis Cranek Jr., Milton Wendel, Edward Willrodt, Anton Halfmann Jr., Edwin Hoelscher and Arthur Halfmann.

Untermeyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, January 7, 1954
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Halfmann, Edwin

Funeral services for Edwin Halfmann of New Ulm were held Sunday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Interment was at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery. Father Werner Bockholt officiated.

Mr. Halfman, a rancher and taxidermist, passed away about May 17 at his residence near Frelsburg where he had resided for the past 50 years. He was 56 years of age.

He was born at Frelsburg on Jan. 18, 1924, the son of Ed Halfmann and the former Helen Krenek.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Frelsburg Knights of Columbus. 

He is survived by one brother, Albert Halfmann of Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Halfmann, Leo Robert

Leo R. Halfmann, Heart Attack Victim Is Buried Monday

Funeral services for Leo R. Halfmann, 55. were held Monday morning at Untermeyer Funeral home with continued services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church In Frelsburg Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Rosary was recited Saturday and. Sunday evening' In the funeral. home.

Mr. Halfmann's death was attributed to. a heart attack. His body was found near a tractor by Fred Barnett at the Barnett and Peek sawmill shortly after noon Friday. Mr. Halfmann had gone to the mill with a tractor and trailer to load slabs.

Born at Ellinger, he was the youngest son of Henry and Annie Wilberg Halfmann

Mr. Halfmann's first wife the former Lillian Ritter died In 1930

He ts survived by his 2nd wife, the former Maybell Hermsdorf; 4 daughters, Mrs. Pete Chumchal, Wharton, and Dorothy, Patsy and Leona Halfmann of Frelsburg; a. brother, Anton Halfmann of New Ulm; 2 sIsters, Mrs. A.. W. Willrodt. of Columbus and Mrs. W: C. Hoelscher. of San Antonio, and one grandchild.

Pallbearers were his nephews. Fred and Lawrence Hoelscher, Anton Jr., Edwin and Albin Halfmann and A. J. Willrodt.

Burial was In the Catholic cemetery at Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, Feb 14, 1957

Halfmann, Mary (Mrkwa)


Mary Halfmann, 94, of Frelsburg passed away Feb. 2 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Nov. 10, 1913 to John William Mrkwa and Annie Moeller in the Brushy Community near Columbus. She married Remi Halfmann on Feb. 24, 1936. She was a homemaker and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

She was preceded in death, by her parents; husband, brothers Willie Mrkwa, August, Mrkwa and Henry Mrkwa; and grandson Remi John Zientek.

She is survived by her daughters: Regina Halfmann Zientek and husband Alois of Brenham and Evelyn Halfmann Ullmann and husband Irvin of Wharton; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers included Patrick Zientek, Merrill Schramm, Stephen Ull-mann, Les McEleveen, Eugene Mrkwa, Joe Skutka, Ervia Parker Jr. and Johnnie Garza.

Honorary pallbearers included Oacar Zientek, Robert Zientek, James Jones, Tom King, William "Bill" Wilson, Marvin Becker, Pete Kubicek and August Mrkwa Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Halfmann, Remigius “Remi”


Remigius "Remi" Halfmann, 95, of Frelsburg, passed away May 6 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born in Frelsburg, Nov. 29, 1908 to Frank and Cecilia (Niehues) Halfman and married Mary Mrkwa, Feb. 24, 1936. He was self-employed as a carpenter and farmer and was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hilda Brokmeyer; brother, Victor Halfmann; and grandson, Remigius John Zientek.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Regina and Alois Zientek of Brenham and Evelyn and Irvin Ullmann of Wharton; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted May 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg, Monsignor Benny Zientek and Monsignor Billy Zientek officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Patrick Zientek, Merrill Schramm, Stephen Ullmann, Les McEleveen, Eugene Mrkwa, Joe Skutca, Ervin Parker Jr. and Johnnie Garza.

Honorary pallbearers were Oscar and Robert Zientek, James Jones, Tom King, William "Bill" Wilson and Marvin Becker.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hall, Annie Elizabeth (McCormick)


Mrs. Annie McCormick Hall, one of our city’s most most[sic] honored and popular ladies, passed away at noon last Sunday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C. G. Cook, after an illness of several weeks. Everything that physicians, family and friends could do to stay the hand of death was done, but without avail. The funeral took place Monday afternoon at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery, Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor, officiating. At the conclusion of the services the greatest array of floral tributes perhaps ever seen in Weimar was placed upon the mound, attesting the popularity and esteem in which this good lady was held by the people of this city and section.

The active pall bearers were six of Mrs. Hall’s nephews, as follows: Messrs. Roger, George, Sully and Archie Roberdeau (the first named three of Austin and the latter of Houston), Stephen McCormick of Houston and Stephen McCormick of Weimar. The honorary pall bearers designated by the family were as follows: Capt. T. A. Hill, Jno. C. Hubbard, J. F. Bartosh, T. W. Hill, W. Kindred, W. S. Shaver, J. O. Boettcher, Henry J. Laas, Judge W. A. VanAlstyne, H. Brasher,Sr., R. L. Young, A. P. Shatto, SR., W. H. Lester, Ike B. Pickens, Dan Roberdeau, A. A. Gregory, Dr. A. H. Potthast, Dr. C. E. Duve, Alex McCormick, Thornton McCormick, Alexis McCormick, Victor Slavik. Large numbers of mourning relatives and friends were present from many points throughout the state.

Mrs. Annie McCormick Hall was born in Fairfax county, Va., and was the daughter of W. B. and Ann Virginia McCormick. The family moved to Texas in her early girlhood, and she lived in Weimar the greater part of her life. She was married to the late John A. Hall, and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. C. G. Cook; two sisters, Miss Donie McCormick and Mrs. J. L. Pickens; also by a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hall was truly a lovable, good woman. Until ill health beset her, she was active in church and social work, and was beloved by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She ever proved a good wife, mother, neighbor and friend, and the unusually large attendance at the funeral attested the high esteem in which she was held by all. Truly a noble, good woman has gone from among us.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1924, page 1

Hall, Cloe

Again the hand of death has appeared in our midst and taken from us a precious little angel in the form of little Cloe, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs, John A. Hall of this place. The precious darling was sick only two or three days with congestion and breathed her last at 4:30 o'clock a.m., Tuesday morning. Only five summers had passed over the head of the baby girl, but during that time it had wound itself around the hearts of many of our citizens by its bright and affectionate ways, and all sypathise deeply with the greatly bereaved parents in this sad hour of deep distress. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, followed to the last resting place by a large concourse of friends and relatives, Rev. G. H. Collins of Columbus officiating.

Weimar Items
Colorado Citizen, May 28, 1891

Hall, David Lee

Alleyton Man Electrocuted At Gravel Pit

David Lee Hall, 24, of Alleyton was electrocuted in an accident at the Gifford Hill gravel pit in the Alleyton-Eagle Lake area last Thursday.

Apparently his left arm brushed against a 2300-volt electrode when he reached for a water hose.

The sheriff’s office report on the accident says that a Gifford Hill emloyee, Jeff Davis, stated he saw Hall at 1:45 p.m. putting water into a tank that supplies electricity for the dredge. when he returned at about 2:15 he saw Hall lying near the electrode.

Hall was rushed to the Eagle Lake hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury July 21, 1977, page 1

Hall, John A.

John A. Hall Is Dead.

Many hearts will throb with sorrow when the above announcement is read. Few men possessed as many friends and admirers as did Mr. Hall. His word was as good as any man’s bond. He was the very soul of honor. and died as he had lived--the very highest type of christian gentleman. The remark has often been made that “If there ever was an honest man, John A. Hall is that man," and all our people, rich and poor, high and low, white and black. knew it to be true. Few men ever lived such an exemplary life as did this grand. good man. Of quiet, unassuming habits, only those who had dealings with him or who possessed his confidence realized what a depth of character, manhood, integrity and all those attributes that go to make up the true type of gentleman were possessed by John A. Hail. Charitable to a fault. no deserving case ever passed unaided, and while the world may not have known of all these good deeds, many a widow, orphan, or pour beggar has had cause to bless him for his munificence, and while tears course down their cheeks will pray God to reward him for his kindness to the forlorn and forsaken poor of this earth. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church; also a member of tile Masonic Order, Odd Fellows and United Workman, He will be buried this (Saturday) morning at 10 o'clock at the Odd Fellows' cemetery. under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of this city.

Mr. Hall was born in Christian county, Ky., in 1844 and was about 56 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Texas with his parents in 1851, first settling in Washington county thence moving to Fayette county, and from there to this communityity, where he resided almost continually with the exception of four years' absence in the service of his country as a faithful and gallant Confederate soldier. For many years and up to the time of his decease, he was in the lumber business in this city. He leaves a heartbroken wife and one daughter. a brother, F. M. Hall of Round Rock, and one sister, Mrs. J, M. Harrison of Flatonia, besides a large number of relatives and friends as numerous as the sands of the seashore. To the grief-stricken family. the deepest sympathy of the entire community is extended. God pity and comfort them in their deep distress, is the sincere wish of all.

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1900, page 8

Hall, Lellan H. “Lee”


Lelland "Lee" H. Hall, 82, passed away April 6 in Columbus.

He was born Aug. 24, 1925 to Voyd Hall and Mary Myers in Alton, Mo. He was a self-employed owner of LuftWerks and Scoti-Zahner. He married Tina Delgado Hall on Jan. 7, 1995. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus and Caladonia Masonic Lodge 68 in Columbus and Alton, Mo. He served in the U.S. Air Force on the European and Pacific fronts during World War II.

Funeral services will take place Thursday, April 10 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial will take place at New Salem Church in Alton, Mo.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Beth Kaufman of Arlington; son, Walter Lee Hall of Columbus; sister, Ana Smith of Little Rock, Ark. and three grandchildren: Mary, Jennifer and John Hall.

Colorado County Citizen, April 9, 2008,
Courtesy The Citizen

Wreck kills local man
By Courtney Burleson, Managing Editor

An Alleyton man was killed Sunday evening following a two-vehicle collision on Hwy. 71 outside of Columbus.

Justice of the Peace Billy Hefner, Precinct 1, pronounced Lelland "Lee" H. Hall, 82, dead on the scene after being struck by a 2000 Dodge Dually.

According to Department of Public Safety reports, Hall was pulling out of a private drive on the west side of Hwy. 71. while the Dually driven by Robert Curlee III of Burton was traveling south on Hwy. 71.

Department of Public Safety trooper Troy Clark said Hall pulled into the path of Curlee who was pulling a utility trailer. Curlee, who received minor cuts and bruises, struck Hall in the driver side door.

Colorado County Citizen, April 9, 2008,
Courtesy The Citizen

Hall, Tim

DROWNED.--Last Sunday a negro boy, in endeavoring to swim a horse across the Colorado River below Alleyton, to attend the colored camp-meeting was drowned. His name was t im Hall, and he was formerly the mail rider between Alleyton and Milheim. At last accounts the body had not be recovered. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 21, 1881

Hall, unknown

Weimar Local Matters

A little child of Mr. Frank Hall was bitten by a dog some time ago, and not much was thought of it at the time. The child became sick last week and on last Sunday night it died, with all the symptoms of hydrophobia. This is a sad case indeed, and the bereaved parents have our sympathy. We sincerely hope that this case will cause all useless dogs to be exterminated. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 24, 1881

Hall, unknown (child)

The ten month old child of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Hall, living on the Burns place at Calhoun, died last Saturday night of pneumonia. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, interment being made in the Lakeside cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 26, 1918, page 2

Halla, Carole (Bunge)

Carole Bunge Halla passed away comfortably at her home on November 2, 2013, after a short but valiant battle with metastatic breast cancer.

She was born on February 6, 1942 in El Campo, Texas, the oldest child of Margaret and Lester Bunge, Sr.. She was raised in Garwood, Tx., but graduated from high school as one of the first boarder students of Nazareth Academy in Victoria, Tx. in 1960. She proceeded to receive her Bachelor and Master Degrees from St. Thomas University in Houston, Tx. Carole married Carl James Halla, Jr. in 1963. She raised her two children in Houston, and during her 25 years living in the city along with earning her commercial pilot's license, became an avid philanthropist using her artistic, creative and leadership talents in many capacities including being elected and serving as President of the Houston Junior Forum in 1982. She returned to the country in 1986 where she lived on her property, Caroleta Ranch, in Weimar, Tx. until her death, enjoying her work and love of being a fifth generation cattle rancher. She was blessed to spend the last fifteen years of her life married to Billy Ray Emfinger, living close to her children and grandchildren, enjoying travel along with entertaining, and continuing her family business as well as artistic endeavors while still maintaining her close connections to Houston. Throughout her life, she continued her volunteer efforts as a Member of the Weimar Museum, Lifetime Member of the International Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Member of the Houston Junior Forum.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, first husband, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and two sets of in-laws.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Billy Ray Emfinger of Weimar; her daughter, Loueva Halla Hatfield and husband Keith of Schulenburg; her son, Carl Bunge Halla, and wife Tara Stephens Halla of Schulenburg; a step-son, Joshua Wilson Emfinger and wife Jennifer of Houston; three grandsons, Logan James Hatfield, Landon Halla Hatfield, and Korby Lester Halla all of Schulenburg; a step-grand-daughter, Raven Emfinger of Houston; two brothers, Lester Bunge, Jr. and friend Karol Kallina of Garwood and Oscar Bunge and wife Barbara of Wharton; four nieces, Alexis Bunge Eakes, Loris Bunge Evans, Lada Bunge Lomax, and Tonda Bunge-Sellers and husband Shawn all of the Houston area; an uncle and aunt, Halley and Dorothy Anderson of Rockdale; and, numerous cousins, great nieces and nephews along with present and former brother and sister in-laws and their families.

Her funeral services will be held on November 8, 2013 starting at 9:30 A.M. with visitation to be followed at 10:30 A.M. with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and concluded with an 11:00 A.M. Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, Tx. officiated by Monsignor John Peters. Her funeral services are under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home, and her final resting place will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, Tx..

In lieu of flowers and in honor of her dedication to philanthropy, memorials can be made to her most recent non-profit interest, Turtle Wing Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Schulenburg, Tx., 78956, or the charity of your choice most associated with your connection to Carole.

Houston Chronicle, November 7, 2013
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Hallinger, Frank John


EL CAMPO - Frank John Hallinger Sr.,87, of El Campo passed away on June 16, 2013.

He was born on April 29, 1926 in Philadelipha, Pa. to the late Paul and Julia Zamar Hallinger. He retired from Halliburton after 34 years. Frank was a veteran of WW II having fought in the Pacific on the island of Pelilu as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of American Legion post 251, V.F.W. post 2786, and the D.A.V.

Survivors include the love of his life for 66 years wife Ann Tymel Hallinger of ElCampo, son Frank "Rusty" Hallinger Jr. and fiancé Karen Wenglar of El Campo, daughters Cheryl Roach and husband John and Becky Hardin and husband Robert of El Campo, son-in-law Mark Waligura of Garwood, grandchildren Tiffany Riha and husband Troy, Ashley Koudela and husband Jason, Lauren Bostic and husband Brent, Amy Hardin, Holly Class and husband Rusty, Chad Hallinger and wife Kristy, Ryan Hallinger and wife Elisha, Heath Hallinger and wife Audrey and Kyle Hallinger, 14 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way, and brothers Charles Hallinger and wife Phyllis and Paul Hallinger and wife Eleanor of Philadelipha, Pa.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Cindy Waligura, sisters Sister Marianna Leopold, Teresa Curcio, Ann Santore, and Julia Hartnett and brothers John and Joe Hallinger.

Visitation will begin on Tuesday June 18 at 1 pm at Triska Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Services will be held on Wednesday June 19 at 10 am at St. Johns Catholic Church in Taiton with Rev. Gabriel Oduro Tawiah officiating. Burial will follow at Lehrer Cemetery in Garwood with military honors under the auspices of American Legion post 251.

Pallbearers will be Troy Riha, Jason Koudela, Brent Bostic, Heath Hallinger, Rusty Class, and Joe Millhouse. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Memorial donations in memory of Frank Hallinger Sr. may be made to the Everyday Heroes Van Fund.

Condolences for the family may be left online at

Victoria Advocate, June 17, 2013
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Hallmark, J. D.

Dead Fisherman Found by Posse At Columbus

The body of an aged man was found on the banks of the Colorado River just north of the Southern Pacific railroad bridge at Columbus by a sheriff's posse about 11:30 p.m. Sunday after the woman at whose home he was boarding had notified the officers he was missing.

The man was J. D. Hallmark, 70, who had been living in Columbus only two months. Justice of the Peace Earl J. Frnka returned a verdict of death due to natural causes.

Dead 8 Hours

Mrs. C. A. Fuller, the landlady, told Deputy Sheriff M. H. Butler that Mr. Hallmark, who often fished in, the river a short distance from her home, left about 10 am. Sunday to go fishing. When he had not returned after dark she notified the officers.

The body was found on a path about 100 feet from the water and Justice Frnka estimated he had been dead about eight hours.

Little is known of the man but he is reported to have recently visited his father, in his 90's, who lives somewhere in Arkansas. There also were unverified reports of a brother in Houston and a son in Dallas: [Place of interment unknown]

Dozen in Posse

About a dozen men joined in the hunt, equipped with walkie-talkie radio sets borrowed from Weimar and Eagle Lake police departments. Deputies Buller, Ed Potter, Raymond Canik and Oscar Braden, Game Wardens Leo Kohleffel, Emmet Wolfsdorff and three others in the county over the weekend, Highway Patrolman J. O. Tanner and Judge Frnka were in the group.

Weimar Mercury, December 2, 1955, page 1

Halvorsen, Nadine (Causey)

Nadine Causey Halvorsen

Memorial services for Nadine Causey Halvorsen, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, June 14, 2010, at Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler with the Rev. Rob Fisher and the Rev. Dow Harleston officiating. Graveside services will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, Monday, June 14, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., under direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home. Mrs. Halvorsen passed away June 10, 2010 at the age of 86.

Nadine was born in Lissie, Texas, Jan. 17, 1924, to the late Ed and Opal Causey. She graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1941, and joined the WAVES in 1944. After attending boot camp in Hunter College, N.Y., she was assigned to the Naval Air Station, San Diego, where she served until January, 1946.

After residing for some years in Austin and Houston, she moved to Tyler, in 1990 and became a member of Pollard United Methodist Church. She became an active volunteer at the King's Storehouse Food Bank.

Survivors include, son, Steven Halvorsen and wife, Mary of Victoria; daughter, Kris Jones and husband, Allen of Murchison; three brothers, Edward Causey of Houston, George Causey of Eagle Lake, and Alan Causey of New York, N.Y.; and sister, Jean Banfield of Denison; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Halvorsen of 64 years.

If desired, memorials may be made to Pollard United Methodist Church, Tyler, The King's Storehouse, Tyler, or Hospice of East Texas, Tyler.

Tyler Morning Telegraph, June 12, 2010
Contributed by Steven Halvorsen

Halvorsen, Ralph E.

Halvorsen, Ralph E.

Memorial services for Ralph E. Halvorsen, CPA, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler with the Rev. Dow Harleston officiating. Graveside services will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Halvorsen passed away April 17, 2010, at the age of 88.

He was born in South St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 26, 1921, to the late Halvor and Astrid Halvorsen. He graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., in 1939 and joined the Navy later that year.

He served on the USS Yorktown and USS Proteus as well as at repair bases in San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and Midway Island. He was discharged from the service in December 1945. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1952 and spent his business career in Houston. He was vice president and treasurer at Reed Roller Bit Co., and vice president, controller at American General Corp. After retiring from American General he had his own accounting practice and also served as business manager and controller for the Wortham Foundation. He retired from his practice in 1989 and moved to Tyler in 1990. In Tyler he was an active volunteer in Pollard Methodist Church.

Ralph was preceded in death by brother Bob and sister Jeanette, both of Lexington, Ky.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nadine Causey Halvorsen; son, Steven and wife Mary Halvorsen of Victoria; daughter, Kris Jones and husband Allen of Murchison; brother, Harry Halvorsen of Fort Myers, Fla;, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

If desired, memorials may be made to Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler, or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements under direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Tyler Morning Telegraph, 4/19/2010
Contributed by Jackie M. Isham

Halyard, Alfonso Baker

Alfonso B. Holyard[sic] (*)

Death came very suddenly on the 19th to Alfonso B. Holyard[sic] at the home of his son-in-law Charles Smith, near to where he was born 67 years ago, and since resided and raised a family of good children who survive him.

On May 17, 1861, in Columbus Mr. Holyard[sic] joined Capt. John Shropshire's company, which was afterwards known as Company A, Tom Green's Regiment, Sibley's Brigade, and went through the hardships of that command in its campaign to New Mexico. He went through the battle of Val Verde, Johnson's Ranch, Glorietta, Parolto and others, in which campaign he lost two step-brothers, Robert and Ashley. Another step-brother, John, died recently. Mr. Holyard[sic] returned to Texas in 1862, was in the retaking of Galveston, Jan 1, 1863 and through the campaign in Louisiana.

The deceased leaves behind, about fourteen members of the original company to join with the family in mourning the loss of one we all loved [Interment made in Halyard Cemetery]


*Note by Willie Ann McCulloch:
"This was misspelled. He had left his wife and family. I suspect one of his soldier buddies wrote this." Robert, Ashley and John were the sons of Amstead and Susan P. Carter.
Colorado Citizen, May 28, 1909

Halyard, Carrol

Miss Carrol Halyard

The death of Miss Carrol Halyard occurred at their home, six miles north of town last Sunday evening, after an illness extending over a period of about eleven weeks. Funeral services were held at the residence and interment made in the family cemetery.

Deceased was 39 years of age and is survived by her mother, Mrs. L. Halyard, and one brother, Mr. George Halyard of Crockett, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, January 15, 1925, page 1

Halyard, George William Baker

We deplore the death of another old and highly respected citizen in the person of Mr. George B. Halyard. He died on Tuesday last very suddenly of heart disease. He has been a resident of this county for about forty years, and was well known in Western Texas. A large circle of relatives and friends mourn his demise.

Colorado County Citizen, Nov. 1878
Submitted by Dale Halyard and Willie Ann McColloch

Halyard, John Henry

Death of John Halyard

John Halyard, a well known citizen of this section, died Sunday after a long illness, and the remains were buried in the Live Oak Cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Mr. Halyard had lived in Colorado county the greater part of his life, and the last few years in this immediate section. He was the father of Mrs. John Miles of the Live Oak section. He had many friends, was a kindly, good man, and his death is sincerely regretted. Out heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved relatives and friends,

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1921

Halyard, Loretta Bacon

Mrs. Loretta Halyard of Columbus, one of the older citizens of Colorado County, passed away at the Rosenberg Hospital Wednesday morning. She became suddenly ill Friday of last week and was rushed to the hospital for an emergency operation.

Loretta Bacon was born at Seguin on October 29, 1854, and came with her parents to Columbus when she was a small child. There she grew to womanhood and was married to A. B. Halyard, son of a large plantation owner. She was the mother of five children, four of whom, and also her husband, having preceded her in death. One son, George William Halyard of Crockett, twenty-four grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren survive. Mrs. Annie Taylor of Eagle Lake is a granddaughter.

Funeral services were held from the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Otto Miller, at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, interment being made in the old family cemetery [Halyard Cemetery] on the Halyard Plantation, beside her husband, the Columbus Methodist minister conducting the services. Those from Eagle Lake attending the funeral were, Mrs. Annie Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Taylor, Walter Taylor, James Walker, R. A. Walker and daughter, Mrs. Ted Larson, Mrs. Robert Walker, Mrs. G.B. Skelton, Mrs. John Miles, Mrs. Selma Falen and probably others whose names we failed to learn.

Eagle Lake Headlight 19 Feb, 1937
Submitted by Dale Halyard and Willie Ann McColloch

Halyard, Susan Carter

Mrs. Susan Halyard died at her residence a mile north of town last Satuirday at 9 1/2 o'clock, of general debility and old age. She was a Texas veteran, having immigrated to this country years before the war of 1836, and had an interesting fund of reminiscences of that early period. Her remains were committed to earth in the old family (Halyard) burial ground last Sunday aftenoon at 3 o'clock in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, the Rev. G. H.Collins, pastor of the Methoidst Church at this place, officiating. The Citizen trusts an appropriate obituary of this estimable lady will be prepared for publication..

Colorado Citizen, Feb. 12, 1891

Ham, Slack Ivey


S.l. Ham, age 94, of Wharton, passed away Jan. 7, in the Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.

Funeral services were held at the Wharton Funeral Home under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. Burial was held at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Ham was born April 14, 1890 in Wood County, moving to Eagle Lake at the age of 6. He farmed and operated a dairy in our area for many years before moving to Wharton during World War II.

Preceded in death by parents, his wife, the former Ada Courtney of Alleyton; a daughter, Pearl and son, Milton.

Survivors include daughters, Mrs. J. M. Graham of Sweeny, Mrs. Cordie Wallace of Boling, Mrs. Jessie Brezik of Houston and Mrs. Robie Waldon of Huntington; sons, Ivey L. Ham of Brenham, Ford E. Ham of Elkhart and Jack D. Ham of Beaumont; 29 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, January 25, 1985, page 2

Hamburger, Ida (Shapira)

Mrs. Hamburger Buried in Houston After Services Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Sam Hamburger, 80, were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Columbus FuneraI home, Rabbi Robert I. Kahn of Houston officiating. Burial was in Beth Israel cemetery in Houston.

Mrs. Hamburger died Sunday night in Columbus hospital where she had been a patient since late December. Her husband, who has been critically ill since last fall, is still in the hospital.

Born in Madisonville Nov. 8, 1882, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Shapira, who operated a hotel and served familystyle meals in Madisonville for many years. She and Mr. Hamburger were married there in 1904. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in New Orleans in 1954 with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neiman, of Dallas.

The Hamburgers operated a dry good store in Columbus many years until it was sold during World War II. Mrs. Hamburger was one of the oldest living members of the local Eastern Star chapter, several years ago receiving a 50-year pin and a life membership. She was also a member of Tri-County Section, National Council of Jewish Women.

Last year, for the first annual Magnolia Homes Tour, Mr. and Mrs. Hamburger generously opened their home and showed their collection of cut glass, which was a highlight of the tour.

Besides Mr. Hamburger, Mrs. Hamburger is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Neiman; a granddaughter, Janel Neiman; a grandson, Ronald Neiman, and a sister, Mrs. Joe Berlowitz of San Antonio.

Colorado County Citizen, April 11, 1963, page 8


Hamburger, Jacob

J. Hamburger Dies At His Home After Lingering Illness

Body Shipped to Houston For Burial Local Masons Hold Service

Jacob Hamburger, aged 67, died at his residence early Thursday morning of cancer of the stomach, after a lingering illness which had lasted for more than a year. He first was troubled with an ulcer, but after making trips to the Mayo brothers and to other famous physicians succeeded in having that trouble cured. The cancer developed some time ago and he has been rapidly becoming worse until it became certain several days ago that he would never recover. The old gentleman was very patient with his suffering and was hopeful of recovering to the last.

Mr. Hamburger was born at Brody in Galicia, Austria, where he lived until he attained his majority. His relatives owned an extensive business enterprise there and Mr. Hamburger conducted branches for that firm at points in Russia. On account of Russian tariffs and trade impositions, he emigrated to America. He located in Columbus in 1885 and with his business acumen built from an humble beginning a substantial estate.

He was always keenly interested in measures for the betterment of Columbus and was a worthy citizen. He was a member of Caledonia lodge, A. F. and A.M., which body conducted the funeral service at the home before the body was shipped to Houston for burial beside the body of his wife who preceeded (sic) him in death some ten years.

Mr. Hamburger is survived by one son, Sam of Columbus and two brothers, Oscar of Eagle Lake and another who lives in the east.

We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, September 22, 1922
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hamburger, Sam

Sam Hamburger Buried Beside Wife In Houston

Graveside rites were held in Houston Sunday in Beth Israel cemetery for Sam Hamburger, retired Columbus merchant, who died in a nursing home in Dallas early Saturday morning. Rabbi Robert I. Kahn officiated and Mr. Hamburger was buried beside his wife, who died last April.

Born in Europe, he came to this country with his parents as a boy and to Columbus at the age of 9. He operated a dry goods store with his father until his father died, then continued the business until World War II, when he sold it and retired.

In his 80’s, Mr. Hamburger had been ill more than a year and had been unconscious since last fall. His body was brought to Columbus funeral home, where it remained until it was taken to Houston.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert Neiman, a granddaughter, Miss Janel Neiman, and a grandson, Ronald Neiman, all of Dallas.

Pallbearers were J. D. and Sam K. Seymour, Ellis Miller, W. H. Miekow and Hollis Massey, all of Columbus and H. S. Frady, a brother-in-law, of Yoakum.

Others going from Columbus to the services were Mesdames J. D. and Sam K. Seymour, Mrs. Miller, Mr. Massey, Mrs. Olga Potthast, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Waldvogel, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Klein and Mr. and Mrs. Willard Waldvogel.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1963, page 10

Hamilton, Arthur Claude

In Memoriam

In the death of Arthur Hamilton the community have not only lost a public spirited member, but the poor a benefactor, and the sorrowing a sympathizing friend. His example of patience is a light to others, and his kindliness of heart, unmarred by any bitterness of spirit, even in the midst of bodily torture, was truly remarkable. Though dying he yet lives in the hearts of many. And to her who so tenderly watched and nursed him comes the blessed consolation [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Though vanished I am yet with thee, beloved,
For souls can never die. Thy love which proved
My solace here on earth, still dwells with me,
And oh, tenfold my love returns to thee,
Then grieve not that thou hast me no more
Since love grows perfect only on the Eternal Shore.
A Friend

Colorado Citizen, April 21, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hamilton, Elbert Robert “Bob”

Bob Hamilton’s Funeral Services Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services were held in Columbus Funeral home Tuesday afternoon for Elbert Robert “Bob” Hamilton, 35, son of Mrs. Ada Hamilton, Colorado County Citizen employe, who died in Columbus hospital Sunday at 6:30 p.m. following a battle against cancer.

Rev. B. J. Crafton of North Austin Baptist church officiated. Mr. Harry Carter was organist and Mrs. Billy Fisher was soloist. Burial was in the Willms family plot in Masonic cemetery at Eagle Lake.

Mr. Hamilton was treated for short time at St. David’s Hospital in Austin before being sent to the M. D. Anderson clinic in Houston.

Born Aug. 7, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah, he had lived in Austin for the past 26 years. He was a masonry contractor. He graduated from Austin high school and attended the University of Texas for 3 years. He served in the army from 1945 to 1947.

An active member of North Austin Baptist church, he was a member of the choir, was junior boys’ teacher and Training Union director.

His wife was unable to attend the services, since she had given birth, only last Thursday, to a son, Richard, whom Mr. Hamilton had never seen.

Other survivors are a son Mark, 4 years; a son, Michael 9, and daughter, Holly, 7, by another marriage; his mother; his father, O. R. Hamilton, and a brother, Mertin W. Hamilton.

Pallbearers were his first cousins, F. J. Willms, N. R. Willms, Billy Willms, J. B. Willis and W. M. Willis, and his best friend, Bob Leatherwood. Honorary pallbearers were Garry, Henry and Johnny Willms and J. C. Willis

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1963, page 10

Hamilton, Gladys (Kearney)


Gladys Kearney Hamilton, 93, of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away March 8 at Sombrillo Nursing Facility in Los Alamos, N.M.

She grew up in Columbus and lived most of her adult life in San Antonio. She was active in Laurel Heights Methodist Church in San Antonio, the Republican Party of Texas and the Bluebird Auxilliary at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. B. (Bob) Hamilton; brothers, Earnest C. Kearney and Charles W. Kearney, of Columbus; and one sister, Juanita Holmes of San Antonio.

She is survived by her son, William B. Hamilton of Lubbock; grandchildren, Jennifer Crowder of Henderson, Nev., Amanda Moore of Flagstaff, Ariz., Rebecca Ihde of Lancaster and Elizabeth Preston of Lubbock; and one great-granddaughter, Annabelle Faith Crowder of Henderson, Nev.

Funeral services were Sunday, March 14, and interment followed at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in her name to Sombrillo Nursing Facility at 1011 Sombrillo Ct., Los Alamos, N.M.

The Colorado County Citizen, March17, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hamilton, Juanita Vivian (Adams)


Juanita Vivian Hamilton, 96, of Houston, passed away Feb. 4 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Rock Island Sept. 26, 1911 to Stanley C. and Ada Helen (Bivens) Adams and married T. Earle Hamilton, Aug. 2, 1933. She was a retired schoolteacher from Friendship Independent School District in Wolfforth where she served for 40 years and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Clara Wall, Christine Judson and Pauline Roberts.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Helen C. and Paul Anthony of Weschester, N.Y.; sons and daughter-in-law, Earle Hartwell Hamilton of Cedar Park and Charles Lee and Margarete Hamilton of Houston; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Victor Morrison officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, February 13, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Hamilton, Nannie

(See Nancy Hardin (Walker) Johnson

Hamilton, Thomas Earle

T. Earle Hamilton

June 10,1905 - October 2,1996

T. Earle Hamilton, 91, passed away October 2, 1996 at the Columbus Care Center. He was born June 10, 1905, in Savannah, Georgia, to John David and Katie C. Langford Hamilton. On August 2, 1933, he married Juanita Adams. Hamilton was a retired college professor from Texas Tech University and a member of First United Methodist Church of Columbus and Columbus Caladonia Lodge #68 A.F. & AJ. He had been a residnt of Columbus since 1978. Survivors include his wife of Columbus; daughter, Helen C. Hamilton Anthony of Montrose, New York; sons, Earle Hartwell Hamilton of Cedar Park and Charles Lee Hamilton of Houston; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Jim Tomlinson officiating. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were John Saul, James and Frank Howell, Kurt Seidel, Harold Stirl and Tom Hamilton. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 10, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hamitt, Rhodie

“Aunt Rhoda” Hammett, one of the oldest colored women of this city or section, died Sunday, after an illness of four months. The remains were buried Monday afternoon. [Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1921, page 5

Hamlin, Ann E.


Died, at the residence of her son-in-law, W. M. Chumney, in Colorado county, Texas, August 17, 1881, of dropsy, Mrs. Ann E. Hamlin, aged 66 years, 8 months and 4 days.

The subject of this notice was born in Lunenburg county, Virginia, where she was raised and educated. Being possesed[sic] of remarkable beauty and attractiveness, she was married young, and took upon herself the duties of wife and mother, in which capacity she was exceedingly happy for a time, there never having been a more devoted wife and mother; but alas! the reaper came and of eight children only left her two, and in 1849 her husband was swept off with cholera in Missouri, with but little warning. The storm of adversity shattered her fabric of happiness. So frequent, so heavy were the shocks that it is no wonder she, for the remainder of her days, lay stunned among ruins, seeing the society of only a few friends, by whom she was dearly loved, and devoting her remaining strength to caring for her grand-children, whom she almost idolized, and thought their every wish must be gratified. She was fully aware of her situation for several months, and expressed a willingness to go, yet at the last she would each succeeding morning wish to be spared to see another that she might have the pleasure of seeing the bright faces and hearing the sweet voices of her three little grandchildren.
“Alas! ye might have dragged me on,
Another day, a single one.”
Being a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and one of whom aught was ever said except in praise, her relatives and friends should feel assured she is at rest. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery] C

Colorado Citizen, September 1, 1881, page 2

Hammack, Allen L.


Services for Allen L. Hammack, Sr., age 59, of Columbus were held at First Baptist Church in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. Rev. Raymond Cox and Father Tim Kosler officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hammack was born August 12, 1929 in Bellville to Carl Henry Hammack and Hattie Westermann. He died on November 10.

He married Helen Kahlden Hammack on November 9, 1973. He was a superintendent for Ideal Basic Industries, and was a resident of Columbus for the past 25 years. He was affiliated with the First Baptist Church in Columbus, a member of W,O.W., and served in the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Hammack.

He is survived by his wife Helen of Columbus; a daughter, Debra Rhodes, Lake Jackson; a step-daughter, Dawn Aschenbeck, Frelsburg; sons, Allen L. Hammack, Jr., Brenham, Duane Hammack, Brazoria; step-sons, Dwight W. Mazac and David Mazac, both of Columbus; a sister, Doris Wiley, Charlett; two brothers, Carl H. Hammack, Tyler, James Hammack, Bellville; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Edward Faldyn, Alton Machinsky, Herbert Aschenbeck, Vernon Bartay, C. B Monroe, Charles Yearwood, Joe R. Schindler and Ricky Mikulenka.

The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church or the Hill Country Youth Camp.

Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 1988

Hammond, Pierce

Pierce Hammond Dead

Third Victim of Eagle Lake’s Tragedy of Thursday

The man named Pierce Hammond, who has recently removed to Lissie from Missouri and was working on the rice farm of J. M. Everitt, who was accidentally shot last night while attempting to carry the body of Marshal W. R. Kinard into a saloon, died this afternoon at 4 o’clock. It appears that Kinard had taken the pistol of McDow from him and had put it in his (Kinard’s) pocket, and as it fell to the ground it discharged and shot Hammond both in the leg and stomach, the effects of which proved fatal. [Place of interment uknown]

McDow was buried this afternoon at 4 o’clock and Kinard’s remains will be held until his relatives who reside in East Texas arrive.

Houston Daily Post, June 6, 1903
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Hammons, Ethel “Essie” (Burford)


Ethel "Essie" Burford Hammons, 81, passed away on Dec. 9 at her residence in Columbus.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1926 to Basil Edward and Ethel (Cone) Burford and was a lifetime resident of Columbus. A retired elementary school teacher, she taught in the Garwood and Columbus Independent School Districts. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus and the Colorado County Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Lee Hammons.

She is survived by her daughters Kathy Shaw and husband Bill of San Antonio and Sarah Cain and husband Richard of Houston, and two grandchildren: Leeann Tarpley and Jim Shaw.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled are Bill Shaw, Jim Shaw, Richard Cain, Doak Hartley, Steve Tarpley and Stephen Peters.

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 2007
Courtesty The Citizen

Hammons, Walter Lee


W. Lee Hammons, 66, died December 18 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.  He was born August 7, 1923 in Courtney, Texas.  He was a retired City Building code inspector and Fire Marshall for City of Columbus and from refrigeration and electrical business.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Columbus Lions Club and American Legion Post #383.  Services were held Thursday, December 21 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Rob McGill.  Survivors are his wife Ethel Burford Hammons of Columbus, daughters: Kathryn Lee Shaw of San Antonio and Sarah Elizabeth Aitken of Houston.  sisters: Ruth Harris, Navasota; Annie Bell Chamberland, Ennis; Ilene Toland, Refugio; Mavis Penny, Dallas and Joyce Smith of Kemp, TX.  Brothers: B.B. Hammons, Navasota, Floyd Hammons, Port Lavaca and James Hammons of Houston.  2 grandchildren - Jim and Leeann Shaw.  Pallbearers were John Peters, Bill Hartley, E.E. McDuffy, Owen Mehrens, L.D. Shilling and Joe Duncan.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1989, Pg. 2.
Submitted by David Hahn

Hanak, Aleen Helen (Girndt)


Aleen Helen Hanak, 65, of Columbus, passed away August 25 at her residence.

She was born in Columbus Nov. 29, 1938, to Alfred and Annie Girndt and married Joe Emil Hanak, Nov. 7, 1959.

She was a homemaker, wife and grandmother. She loved to travel, garden, fish and prepare treats for her family and friends. She was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, where she was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a member of the Altar Society. She participated in the Columbus Garden Club and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter 72.

She is survived by her husband; mother; son and daughter-in-law, Joe John and Rebecca Hanak; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Jim Echols and Deborah Hanak and Andy Goldsmith; grandchildren JoBeth and Annabelle Hanak; and sister, Shirley Petrosky.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 28, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. [Place of interment St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery]

Pallbearers were John Henry Girndt, Jeremy and Zachary Hanak, Joe Potter, Dennis Petrosky and Mark Ludwig.

Honorary pallbearers were Wilfred Wick, Harry Supak, David Hengst, Edgar Stancik, Manuel Schneider and Chris Shivers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Support, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437 or St. Anthony's Altar Society, 1602 Bowie St.,

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hanak, Antonio (Becica)

Mrs. A. Hanak Funeral Today

Last rites for Mrs. Antonia Hanak, who died Tuesday at 4 p. m. in the Columbus hospital, where held from Columbus Funeral home at 8:30 and from St. Anthony's Catholic church at 9 a. m. this morning.

Rev. Emmett Kolodzie, pastor of St. Anthony's, conducted the services for the life-long resident of Columbus, Burial in Odd Fellows Rest.

Born at Ellinger in 1869, she was a daughter of Martin and Josephine Becica.  She would have been 79 on April 12.  Her husband, Joe Hanak, died about 1903.

Mrs. Hanak is survived by two daughter, Miss Frances Hanak and Mrs. Albert Hausner, Columbus; three sons, Joe and Louis, Glidden, and Ludwig, Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Philomena Dolezal and one brother, Frank Becica.

Six grandchildren, Mrs. Albert Foster and Fannie, Joe, Jimmy, Louis Jr. and Louisa Hanak, also survive; and one great-grandchild, Albert Lee Foster Jr.

Pallbearers, as announced by the funeral home were Adolph Vacek, Leon Willmann, Otto Schobel, Carl Mattern, John Meismer and J. D. Seymour.

Colorado County Citizen , March 18, 1948
Submitted by Dianna Foster

Hanak, Joe John

Joe J. Hanak Dies Sunday After Long Illness

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday morning in St. Anthony’s Catholic church for Joe J. Hanak, 68, who died in Columbus hospital at 4 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Columbus Funeral home was in charge. A rosary was recited in the funeral home Sunday evening.

Mr. Hanak had suffered with a heart ailment for many years and had been in bed at home for several months. He was taken to the hospital Dec. 15.

A native of Columbus, he was a son of Joe and Antonia Becica Hanak. His birth date was Nov. 18, 1895. His home is on rocky Hill road, southwest of Columbus.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Bill Bodiford, and a granddaughter-one-year-old Karen Ann Bodiford; also 2 brothers, Ludwig Hanak, Columbus; Louis Hanak, Glidden, and 2 sisters, Ms. Alfred Hausner and Miss Frances Hanak, both of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Sam K. and J. D. Seymour, R. H. Fowler, Ellis Miller, W. A. Struss and Carl Morgan.

Colorado County Citizen, December 23, 1963, page 6

Hanak, Lena (Walker)

Mrs. Lena Hanak, 34, a resident of Columbus, died Saturday morning in a hospital here. The body was sent to Columbus Saturday afternoon for funeral services and interment. Survivors are the husband, Joe Hanak, of Columbus, two brothers and one sister. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery]

San Antonio Express, Sunday, September 6, 1936
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Hanak, Louis

Louis Hanak

Funeral services for Louis Hanak were held at Henneke Funeral Home Sunday afternoon with burial in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.  Requiem Mass was said Monday at 7:30 a.m. in St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating.  Rosary was recited Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Hanak, 75, a resident of Glidden for 46 years, died in the Columbus Convalescent Home Saturday.  He was born in Fayette County Oct. 19, 1897, a son of Joe John and Antonio Becica Hanak.  In 1926 he was married to Miss Rosie Barta.  He was engaged in farming and ranching and also worked at the local gravel pit.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Rosie Hanak of Glidden; 2 daughters, and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene (Frances) Pear of Columbus and Mr. and Mrs. Carboy (Cell) Etheridge of Houston; 3 sons and their wives, Joe E. and Alienee Hanak of Columbus, James and Mary Frances Hanak of Animas, N. M. and Louis Jr. and Sue Hanak of Palestine; 2 sisters, Miss Frances Hanak and Mrs. Albert Hausner of Columbus; one brother, Ludwig Hanak of Columbus and 15 grandchildren.  One brother, Joe, preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Ronnie Stacik, Owen Miller, Joe Wegenhoft, Altred Girndt, Chris Shivers and Elmer Foster.

The Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1973
Submitted by Dianna Foster

Hanak, Louise (Fritsch)


Funeral services for Louise Fritsch Hanak were held on Friday, August 17. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Columbus under direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Brian Crookes officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Louise Hanak was born on September 25, 19l1, at High Hill, Texas to Adolph, and Julia Fritsch. She married Joe J.Hanak on October 5, 1939. She has lived in Columbus 45 years, as a housewife.

Mrs. Hanak was a member of St. Anthony's Altar Society, and a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include one daughter; Mrs. B. J. (Louise) Bodiford of Glidden; one sister Tillie Wick of High Hill; two grandchildren Karen Bodiford, and Amy Bodiford.

She was proceeded in death by her husband Joe J. Hanak.

Pallbearers were Frank Wick, Jr., Leo Wick, Joe E. Hanak, Jimmie Hanak, Gene Pekar, and David Kautz.

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1984, page 2

Hanak, Rosie Elizabeth (Barta)


Rosie Elizabeth Hanak, of Glidden, passed away Oct. 3 at Memorial City Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Ammansville, Texas on Oct. 14, 1901 to Emil and Cecilia (Stefek) Barta.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Tim Kosler officiating. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hanak was buried at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary was recited Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hanak lived in Columbus for 62 years and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; four brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Kirby (Cele) Etheridge of Houston; Mrs. E. W. (Fannie) Pekar and son-in-law, Gene of Columbus. Three sons, Joe E. Hanak and daughter-in-law, Aleen of Columbus; James L. (Jimmie) Hanak and daughter-in-law, Inez of Columbus; Louis F. Hanak, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Sue of Palestine, Texas. Three sisters, Mrs. Wilbert Martin of Columbus; Mrs. Herbert Sternadel of Weimar; and Mrs. Mike Pokluda of Columbus. Two brothers, Joe Barta of Damon, Texas and R. J. (Bob) Barta of West Columbia, Texas. Sixteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Pete Foster, Paul Glaves, Tom Pekar, Joe John Hanak, Zachary Hanak, Rocky Hanak, Ronnie Stancik, and Chris Shivers.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5, 1988, page 17

Hancher, Christine (Garrison)

Christine Hancher


Christine Garrison Hancher died on August 22nd at her home in Columbus, Texas. She was 57. The cause was lung cancer.

A woman of enormous character, Chris was known for her openness and warmth, her big heart and thoughtfulness. In Chris’s world, any stray cat was a candidate for adoption, every friend the target of a hug and smile, all her family beneficiaries of fierce loyalty and protection. She was the quintessential good egg.

She was also a fashion maven. Always impeccably turned out, she was a fan of most retail outlets, a shopper extraordinaire who shared her fashion discoveries and acumen with all. Sales staff at Neiman-Marcus knew her by name. Her closet was an homage to black slacks and crisp white shirts.

Chris had a devilish sense of humor and loved a salty joke or well-aimed zinger. Birthday cards from her usually contained both. She was a nut for Halloween and an avid practitioner of both tricks and treats.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio with a degree in nursing. She married Thomas Hancher in 1974 and moved to Columbus where she raised her family and pursued a career in healthcare.

Chris began her career as a charge nurse at Columbus Community Hospital, rising to the position of Director of Home Health Agency there in 1985. She became Administrator of River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus in 2000 and moved to Bayou Manor in Houston as Administrator in 2005.

She served for many years on the board of the Columbus Public Library and was a longstanding member of the Pilot Club.

Of all her many accomplishments, she took the greatest pride in her family. She is survived by her husband, Tom; her two daughters, Heather Thomas and Shannon Hodges; her son, Blake Hancher; sons-in-law, Ryan Thomas and Nick Hodges; daughter-in-law, Tiffany Hancher; and grandchildren, Tyler Thomas, Sage Thomas and Grayson Hodges.

A celebration of Chris’s life will be held on Wednesday, August 25, at 2 o’clock at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. [Interred in Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, August 24, 2010

Hancher, John Alden


John Alden Hancher, 90, died Saturday, Dec. 30 in Columbus. He was 90 years old at the time of his death.

Hancher was born on Jan. 5, 1916 in El Campo to Clara Ladd and E. Grant Hancher. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1940. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar that same year.

On Aug. 4, 1941, Hancher enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg, Canada. He was stationed in England as a pilot with the R.C.A.F.

He transferred to the U.S. Army VIII Air Force Bomber Command in London, England on March 24, 1943 when the United States entered the WWII arena. There he flew B-17 Bombers on missions over France and Germany. While stationed in England, he met and married Louise Beattie, an army nurse from Watertown, N.Y. She preceded him in death on Sept. 4, 1967.

In September 1968, Hancher married Mary Saladino Sparrow, who preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 1992.

Hancher practiced law in Columbus from mid-1945 until shortly before his death. He served as Colorado County judge from 1948 through 1954. He was a member of the Colorado County Bar Association and served as their president in the 1950s.

He also served as chairman of the board of the Columbus Community Hospital and president of the Columbus Rotary Club. He was also a member of the State Bar of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post # 6113 and the American Legion. He served as the Veterans Service Officer for over 50 years.

Hancher was preceded in death by his parents; his only brother, Ladd Hancher; and both wives.

He is survived by his only son, Thomas Beattie Hancher M.D. and wife, Christine of Columbus and grandchildren Heather Hancher Thomas and husband Ryan Thomas of Houston, Shannon Hancher M.D. and husband Nicholas Hodges of Bellaire, and Blake Hancher of Austin; step-children Judy Peabody and husband Jim Peabody of Belgium, Nancy Miller and husband Stephen Miller of Weslaco, Marianne Sparrow of Harlingen, Chip Sparrow and wife Sandy of Mercedes, Susan Schwarz and husband Brad Schwarz of Weslaco, Scott Sparrow and wife Kathy Sparrow of Arroyo City; grandchildren Ryan Schwarz, Meredith Schwarz, Jenny Schwarz, Alyssa Miller, Andrea Miller, Brandon Miller, Ashley Miller, Ryan Sparrow, Shana and Peter Prata, Aimee Sparrow and Spencer Sparrow; great-grandchildren, Tyler Alden Thomas and Sage Christine Thomas; and sister-in-law, Katherine Hancher of Columbus.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers included Blake Hancher, Ryan Thomas, Nicholas Hodges, Jim Peabody, Bill Allison and Gary Braun.

Honorary pallbearers included Phil Gates, Chris Stein, Bub Baumgart, Alan Hill, John Massey, Jimmy Seymour, Nat Goodwin, Manly Leyendecker, Marshall Windham and Delmar Fehrenkamp.

Memorials may be made to the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 865, Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Hancher, Louise (Beattie)

Mrs. Hancher Succumbs to Long Illness, Rites Here

Funeral services were held in First Baptist church Saturday afternoon for Mrs. John Hancher, who died Thursday night in Columbus hospital. She had been ill with cancer since last November, when she underwent surgery in Hermann hospital in Houston. She had been in Columbus hospital several months.

Dr. Faryar Patterson, pastor of First Baptist church; the Rev. Logan Cummins of Austin and the Rev. Andrew Pate of Houston officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery, Columbus Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. and Mrs. Hancher moved to Columbus in 1945, after both had been discharged from the United States Forces, with service overseas. Born in Watertown, N. Y., Feb. 18, 1921, Mrs. Hancher was the former Louise Beattie, daughter of Roswell T. and Blanche Reed Beattie. Upon graduation from school in Watertown, she enrolled in nurse's training in the Rochester General hospital in Rochester, N. Y. In 1942, when she graduated as a registered nurse, she joined a group of doctors and nurses from the hospital to form the 19th General Hospital Unit, serving in England and France in World War II. Shortly after D-Day, the unit went into France and was stationed at Le Mans, Chartres and Paris.

She and Mr. Hancher met in London at a restaurant where they had gone with mutual friends. They were married in Malvern, county of Worchester, April 1, 1944. Mr. Hancher was pilot of a B-17 bomber, having transferred from the royal Canadian Air Force to the United States Air Force. He returned to this county in March, 1945, and she the following July.

After moving to Columbus, Mr. Hancher began practicing as an attorney. He served as county judge for several years.

Mrs. Hancher's main interest, outside her family, was her work with the Baptist church and her missionary circle.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a 21-year-old son, Tom, senior at pre-medical school at the University of Texas, her mother of Watertown, 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth Weber of Watertown and Mrs. Christine Donoghue of Boston, Mass., and a number of nieces and nephews. Her father and a brother, Roswell T. Beattie Jr. died 2 years ago.

Her mother was at her bedside here from last December until about 3 weeks ago. Here for the services were her sister-in-law, Mrs. Roswell T. Beattie Jr. and her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Weber.

Pallbearers were Tyler T. Clark, Hollis Massey, J. T. Johnston, J. R. Grubbs, R. E. Wolters, Sam K. Seymour III and Albert Hahn of Columbus, and W. E. Harkness Jr. of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, September 21, 1967


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Hand, Alda Faye (Clark)


Alda Faye Clark Hand, 88, passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, in Weimar.

A devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, treasured friend and devout Christian, she was cherished and beloved by her family and friends, and a blessing to all who knew her.

Born March 16, 1919 in Bremond, to Duncan and Jettie Clark, she was married for 60 years to Johnnie D. Hand, who preceded her in death in 1999. They lived in Houston from 1942-1981, and then retired to Columbus. She was a nurse for many years and a member of West Oaks Church of Christ.

She is survived by daughter Melva Hand Stech and husband Curby of Houston; son John Hand and wife Nancy of Weimar; grandchildren Leah Stech Eknoyan and husband Greg, Matt Hand, Jill Hand Goynes and husband Tim, Mindy Hand Blackstone, and Alicia Hand; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister Eugenia Olson of Waco; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Matt Hand, Tim Goynes, Gregory Eknoyan, Troy Sandifer, Weldon Clark and Dennis Clark.

Honorary pallbearers were Heston Hand, Corey Goynes, Colton Goynes, Will Eknoyan and James Dean Swallow.

The family wishes to express special thanks to caregivers Peggy Behne, Donna Venghaus and Frances Frybert for their devotion and loving care of Meme and also the doctors and staff of Columbus Community Hospital, Colorado-Fayette Medical Center and Parkview Manor Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, 400 Youens Drive, Weimar, Texas 78962; Columbus Community Hospital, P.O. Box 865, Columbus, Texas 78934; or a charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Hanks, Clyde III


Funeral services were held here Friday, Sept. 24, for Clyde Hanks III, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hanks, Jr., of Houston. Born on Sept. 18, the child died last Thursday night, Sept. 23. Rev. C. L. Boone, Baptist pastor of Weimar, conducted services at the grave at 3 o’clock. The funeral was under direction of the Shatto Funeral Home of Columbus.

Surviving, besides his parents, is one sister, Little Miss Mary Sue Hanks.

Mrs. Hanks is the former Miss Mary Elizabeth Herder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Herder, Jr., of Weimar.

The Mercury joins many friends in extending sincere condolence to the parents and relatives in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1943, page 1

Hanks, Mary Elizabeth (Herder)

Last Rites for Mrs. Mary Hanks Held Saturday

Graveside services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Herder Hanks, 59, of San Antonio were held at Masonic [Odd Fellows} Cemetery here Saturday afternoon, Dec 18, after earlier services at San Antonio.

Rev. Jerry Walker, pastor of First United Methodist Church, led the services here.
Mrs. Hanks died Thursday afternoon, Dec 16, at her home after a heart attack.

She was born in Weimar May 8, 1918, the daughter of George Jr. and Florence Goeth Herder, and after graduation from Weimar High School attended the University of Texas at Austin.

Mrs. Hanks is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Sue Listerman and Mrs. Kit Stewart,and one son, Clyde Hanks III; two grandchildren; and two brothers; George Herder III of San Antonio and Dan Herder of Weimar. Another brother, Kenneth, preceded her in death in 1939l.

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1976

Hanly, Edward William III “Bill”

Bill "G-pops" Hanly

Bill Hanly died May 23 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Born November 2, 1934 to Ed and Boots Hanly in Wharton County he arried Ursula Straub April 28, 1962 in Illnau, Switzerland.

Bill grew up in Eagle Lake. He attended Rice University in Houston for undergraduate studies and The University of Texas in Austin for his graduate studies where he was awarded a PhD. He subsequently spent one year on a postdoctoral fellowship in Zurich, Switzerland where he met and married Ursula. He served on the faculty at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. During that year his daughter Michele was born.

In 1963 the family moved to Salt Lake City, UT where he spent the rest of his life. He was a professor of biology and human genetics at the University of Utah, where he was involved in research and teaching. He was a popular and dedicated teacher and received the University of Utah's Outstanding Teaching Award. After 20 years of teaching he returned to being a student and earned a Master's Degree in Social Work. While continuing his teaching at the U of U he accepted a position at the Division of Human Services with the State of Utah during which time he served on National Committees for developmental disabilities.

At 62 he retired, bought an RV and traveled coast to coast. Some of his favorite moments were spent watching the sunsets in San Carlos, Mexico.

Survived by his wife, Ursula; daughter, Michele (Rob) Calufetti, grandchildren, Milly P and Shane Nightrain; sisters, Carey and Boogie; niece, Shannon; and nephew, Rand.

His good humor and lively conversations will be missed by many.

There was a celebration of his life at his home, 420 3rd Ave. on Sunday, May 27 between the hours 5-8 p.m. All friends were welcome.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Haven, 974 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 or to the charity of your choice.

Online condolence see

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 31st, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hanley, Mary Luke

Weimar Local Matters

We are indeed sorry to note the death of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hanley of Marion. The baby, aged four months, after a short illness died at Marion Friday, and was brought to this city Saturday and interred in the Catholic cemetery by the side of its baby brother. The funeral took place from the train and after suitable ceremonies at the church by Rev. Father Lagledger, the body of the pure little innocent was laid to rest while its spirit winged its flight to where the angels dwell. The attendance at the funeral was large, and this entire community sympathizes with the bereaved parents in their great loss.

Colorado Citizen, February 4, 1892

Hanley, Willie

Card of Thanks

Words are inadequate to express our thanks to the numerous citizens of Weimar who extended to us so many favors and kind attentions during the recent illness of our infant son, which resulted in death. Though we are comparative strangers here, having resided here but a short time, we received all the assistance that one could hope for even in a community where he had been born and reared. When affliction comes is the time above all others for a full appreciation of neighborly kindness. We feel that this card is but a weak expression of our gratitude. Respectfully,
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hanley.
[Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 6, 1890, page 5


It is with feelings of deep sorrow that we note the death of little Willie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hanley, which sad event occurred at their residence Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, a.m. The little fellow was taken suddenly the Saturday night before with congestion, and in a few hours was ushered where the angels dwell. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery of this place, Rev. Father Lagleder of Dubina officiating.

Colorado Citizen, December 11, 1890, page 3

Hanna, Robert F. “Bob”


Robert F. “Bob” Hanna, 63, of Richwood, Texas, husband of Shaw’s Bend native Audrey Ann Zapalac Hanna, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 1995 in a Lake Jackson health care center.

Born Nov. 15, 1931 in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of Ballard F. and Olive H.(Dawson) Hanna. On March 8, 1959, he married Audrey Ann Zapalac. Mr. Hanna, who had resided in Richwood for the past 18 years, was a chemist for Dow Chemical C. He was a Lutheran and a member of the Lake Jackson Optimist Club.

Funeral services were held Aug. 6 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt and Ed Springs officiating. Funeral services were followed by cremation.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Stevens, Don Petersen, Orville Kremmer, Pat Largent, Paul Muse and Edward Springs.

Mr. Hanna is survived by his wife, of Richwood; daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and James Allan May of Las Cruces, N.M.; grandchildren Amy Elizabeth May and William Travis May; sister Vivian Young of Teague; and brother George Ballard Hanna of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers William Hanna and Thomas Hanna.

Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1995, page 12

Hannah, Helen (Yoder) Oder

Helen Hannah Service Here At Graveside

A graveside service for Helen Yoder Hannah, 73, of Boulder, Colorado, was held Saturday, June 30, at Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Skip Sirnic, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiated.

At the same hour, a memorial service was held in Boulder.

Mrs. Hannah died June 26, at 12:30 p.m. in Porter Residential Hospice, of a malignant brain tumor that was discovered in April.

Born April 14, 1917, in Weimar, she was a daughter of Robert H. and Beuna (James) Yoder. She graduated from Weimar High School in 1934, and on April 25, 1936, was married here to William Forrest Oder. He died November 18, 1966, while they were living in Fort Worth. On October 2, 1976, at Boulder, she was married to Leslie B. Hannah, who died September 20, 1988.

Surviving her are two daughters, Marilynn Parman of Warrenton, Oregon, and Betty Jo Plowman of Platteville, Colorado; two stepdaughters and a stepson, Joann Hamel and Paula Ford of Boulder and Dr. Stanley Hannah of Denver, Colorado; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mattie Louise Schlieker of Bryan, Beuna Marie Chandler of Austin and Betty Jaye of Houston; and one brother, James R. (Buddy) Yoder of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, July 12, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hanzelka, Ed

Ed Hanzelka Sr. Rites Set Friday

Funeral services for Ed Hanzelka Sr. 73, who was found dead at his home near Weimar Wednesday at about noon, will be held at 9 o'clock Friday morning, Sept. 13, at Hubbard funeral Home, continuing with services at St. Michael's church at 9:30.

Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock Thursday night.

Justice of the Peace A. J. Ratliff returned a verdict of suicide in the death. Mr. Hanzelka had been shot more in the head, a single barreled shotgun was found nearby.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1957

Hanzelka, Emily (Koudelka)

Funeral Services for Mrs. Emilia Hanzelka, 79, Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Emilia Hanzelka, 79, were held Monday, Jan. 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Bawel officiated.

Mrs. Hanzelka died Saturday at 7 p.m. after one week of illness.

Born July 29, 1880, at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of Joseph and Annie Koudelka. She was married to Joseph Hanzelka in 1907 and they settled on a farm in this area. Her husband preceded her in death Sept. 10, 1950.

Surviving her are one daughter, Mr. E. H. Shumbera of Weimar; one son John Hanzelka of Weimar; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Rosalie Petovsky of Cleburne, Texas. Three sisters died before her: Mrs. Mary Folta, Mrs. Nina Baca and Mrs. Annie Kunetka..

Pallbearers for the services were Emil Folta, Emil Svetlik, Alfonse Lichnovsky, Rudolf Solansky, Ernest Peterek and Richard Miska.

Weimar Mercury, January 15, 1960, page 4

Hanzelka, Emilia "Millie" Pokluda


Wife of Well Known Farmer Suicides While Suffering From Temporary Aberration

Ed Hanzelka, a well known farmer living a few miles southwest of Weimar, came to town on Saturday afternoon, with his 3-year-old child leaving his wife and little 7-month-old baby at home, alive and well, and everything apparently all right. When he returned home that evening he heard his baby crying, but could not locate his wife. He found the smokehouse in the yard locked, and bursting open the door was horrified to find the wife and mother lying there dead, with the top of her head literally blown away. The poor woman, while suffering from a temporary fit of aberration, had secured a shotgun,locked herself in the smokehouse, placed the barrel in her mouth, and with her toe had pulled the trigger, blowing the top of her head off. Death undoubtedly was instantaneous. The grief and horror of the stricken husband can better be imagined than described. Judge W. A. Van Alstyne and Constable George Loessin went out same evening and held an inquest, the facts developed being as above outlined. The remains were tenderly prepared for burial and late Sunday evening were committed to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery. Decedent was 27 or 28 years old, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pokluda of this vicinity, a kind hearted, good woman, and highly thought of by those who knew her. Besides her husband, she leaves two children--one about 3 years and the other 7 months. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved families.

Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1918

Hanzelka, John

John Hanzelka, a well known farmer of this section, living about two miles south of Weimar, died Friday last and was buried Saturday at St. Michael’s cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. He was 6_ years old and had been ill for a period of two months. He leaves a widow a [sic] three children, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1914, page 4

Hanzelka, Josef

Final Rites for Joe Hanzelka, 68, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Joe Hanzelka, 68, resident of this section for all but the first year of his life, were held Tuesday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, Rev. C. Emigholz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating.

Interment was made in City Cemetery.

A native of Moravia, Europe, he was born Sept. 10, 1882, the son of John and Maria Hanzelka, who with their family came to this country in 1883. They settled near Weimar, and the children attended Weimar schools. Mr. Hanzelka married Miss Emilia Koudelka here Nov. 17, 1907.

Last Saturday, after a lingering illness, he became suddenly worse and was taken to Weimar Hospital, where he died Sunday, on the anniversary of his birth.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, John Hanzelka, a daughter, Mrs. Emil H. Shumbera; a brother, Ed Hanzelka; and two grandchildren, Evelyn and Clarence Shumbera; all are of the Weimar area. A sister, Mrs. Joe Kruppa, preceded him in death 12 years ago.

Weimar Mercury, September 15, 1950, page 1

Hanzelka, Maria (Hanzelka)

Mrs. Hanzelka Dead

Mrs. Hanzelka, aged 75 years, mother of Mr. Joe Hanzelka, Mrs. Ed Hanzelka and Mrs. Joe Kruppa, all residing in this section, died Thursday last and the remains were committed to mother earth in St. Michael’s Cemetery Sunday, with Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Hanzelka was born in Czecho-Slovakia. She married in the old country and she and her husband came to this country early in life, settling near Weimar and lived here up to the time of their deaths. Mrs. Hanzelka was the mother of six children. Two of the little ones died in the old country, one after they came to America. The three surviving children are named above.

Mrs. Hanzelka throughout her long life ever proved herself to be a dutiful wife, devoted mother, kindly neighbor and friend, and she will be sadly missed. Her funeral was attended by a large number of mourning relatives and friends.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her beloved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1935, page 1

Hanzelka, Mary (Haas)

Mary Hanzelka Funeral Held at Hungerford

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Antonio Hanzelka, 66, of Hungerford were held Saturday, Jan. 18, from St. John’s Catholic Church in Hungerford, with Rev. Henry Rachunek officiating.

Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery at Wharton.

Mrs. Hanzelka died Jan. 15 in a Houston hospital after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 16, 1919, at Borden, she was a daughter of Julius and Elizabeth (Raabe) Haas. She married Edwin Hanzelka in Weimar on Oct. 29, 1941. For 35 years she was a resident of Hungerford, where she was a member of St. John’s Church, SPJST, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and St. John’s Altar Society.

Her husband survives her, along with two daughters, Gladys Laxton of Rosenberg and Catherine Harris of Wharton; a son, Edwin Hanzelka Jr. of Rosenberg; seven grandchildren; four sisters, Minnie Otto of Glidden, Anna Carson of LaMarque, Alvina Otto of Weimar and Helen Hanzelka of El Campo; and a brother, Mike Haas of California.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1986
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Harbers, Roland John

Roland J. Harbers

Funeral services were held for Roland John Harbers February 5 at Dulany Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Krupicka of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Interement[sic] was at Lakeside Cemetery.

Roland John Harbers was born August 1, 1918 in Prairie Valley, Texas to George Harbers and Emma Buscha Harbers.

He moved to Eagle Lake from Brenham in 1958. He was employed with Eagle Lake Implement Co. for over 20 years where he retired October 31, 1983.

He was united in marriage to Eula Lee Maeckel December 18, 1941 in La Grange. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake and a member of the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. for 21 years.

Survivors are his wile, Eula Lee Harbers of Eagle Lake; daughter, Betty Loesch of Sweeny, Tx; son, Glenn Harbers of Blessing, Tx; five sisters, Mildred Kelly of Houston, Audrey Sheffield of Livingston, Tx, Ruth Mrazek of Kingsbury, Tx, Alice Reynolds of Grapeland, Tx, and Thelma Vornkahl of Conroe; brother, Victor Harbers of Pasadena, Tx; grandchildren, Kimberly and Timothy Loesch and Sharon and Betty Harbers; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Billie Sheffield, Leon Mrazek, W.. A. Reynolds, Melvin Vornkahl, Edwin Roensch, W. H. Godfrey, Lee Maeckel Jr., Delwar Meinholdt, Bill Strickland, Henry Schmidt.
Honorary pallbearers were the employees of Eagle Lake Implement Co. and members of Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Dept.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 16, 1984, page 2 

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Harborth, Augusta K. (Kretzschmar)


Augusta K. "Gussie" Harborth, 84, of Eagle Lake, died Wednesday, March 11, 1998, at her residence. Born March 5, 1914 in Alleyton, she was the daughter of Arnold and Annie (HolIien) Kretzschmar. A lifelong resident of Colorado County, she attended school in Alleyton and Prairie Center. On May 16, 1934, she married Gottlieb F. "Slim" Harborth.

For many years, she had been a cashier for both Roger's Grocery and Miller's Grocery in Eagle Lake. Mrs. Harborth was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake. Services were held March 13 at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Clements Richard officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Terry Engelke, Randy Engelke, Johnny Harborth, Henry L. Kretzschmar Jr., Larry Uhlig and Daniel Viktorin.

Honorary pallbearers were the Frank Broesche family, the Paul Powers family and the Pete Canaris family.

Mrs. Harborth is survived by son Edward Harborth and friend Diana Green of Eagle Lake; brothers George Kretzschmar of Columbus and Henry Kretzschmar and wife Lucille of Eagle Lake; grandchildren Sharon Sommer and husband David of Eagle Lake and John Edward Harborth and wife Sarah of Taylor; great-grandchildren Lindsey Diane Sommer and Kimberly Ann Sommer, both of Eagle Lake; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Audrey Lynn; and her husband, in 1985.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 875, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

Harborth, Edward A.


Edward A. Harborth, 62, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sept. 08 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was a native of East Bernard, born on Nov. 17, 1940 to Augusta "Gussie" (Kretzschmar) and Gottlieb F. "Slim" Harborth. He was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School Class of 1959, raised in the Lutheran Faith and later baptized in the Catholic Church on Sept. 9, 1960. He and Barbara Ann Richter were married on Oct. 9, 1960. He was offered full scholarships in 1960 and in 1961 to play football with the University of Houston. He led careers as a butcher for Marek's Grocery Store of East Bernard, worked as a distributor and office manager for Sam K. Seymour Texaco, dispatcher for Ashby Oil, butcher for Miller's Grocery Store of Eagle Lake, finish carpenter for Gold Construction, billing clerk and dispatcher for Ashby Lake Oil Company of Eagle Lake and worked in maintenance and operations of Eagle Lake Rice Dryer until his retirement Aug.13, 2001.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Audrey Lynn Harborth; and step-son, James Randal Green.

He is survived by care giver and wife of nine years, Diana Vasut Green; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Harborth and David Sommer of Eagle

Lake; son and daughter-in-law John Edward and Sarah Harborth of Austin; step-son, Bobby Daniel Green of Spring; grandchildren, Lindsey Diane

Sommer, Kimberly Ann Sommer, Hailey Elizabeth Harborth, William Augustus "Will" Harborth and Vanessa Rae Green; and lifelong friends, Red and Salli Schuenemann, the Rev. Bob and Judy James and the Richter and Vasut families.

Funeral Mass was conducted Sept.11, from the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Oliver Thomas, Howard Wilkerson, Randy Engelke, Terry Engelke, Bill Stein and Kevin Young.

For those desiring, the family has requested memorials be made to the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 38, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Harborth, Gottlieb F. "Slim"

G. F. "Slim" Harborth, age 79, of Eagle Lake passed away December 18, at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Harborth Friday, December 20 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Albert Flathmann of Grace Lutheran Church officiating.

Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Mr. Harborth was born March 1, 1906 in Geronimo (near Seguin) to Harry and Annie Harborth. He married Mrs. Augusta "Gussie" Kretzschmar Harborth March 16, 1934 in Seguin.

He moved to Eagle Lake in 1928 where he was employed with Central Power and Light Company and he also worked for the Ice Plant in Eagle Lake. He later became a CPL Lineman until he was injured on the job in 1945.

Mr. Harborth went into business for himself as an electrician until he retired due to his health approximately 20 years ago.

Mr. Harborth was an active and faithful member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and sisters, and a granddaughter, Audrey Lynn Harborth.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Augusta "Gussie" Kretzschmar Harborth; one son, Edward Harborth and his wife, Barbara of Eagle Lake, one sister, Mrs. Mary Engelke of Luling; two grandchildren, John Edward Harborth and Sharon Ann Harborth both of Eagle Lake; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Randy Engelke, Terby Engelke, Henry Lloyd Kretzschmar, Jr., Daniel Viktorin, John Edward Harborth and Melvin Harborth.

Colorado County Citizen, January 2, 1986
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

 Harbus, Charlie

Charlie Harbus, Merchant Marine, Succumbs Sunday

Funeral services for Charlie M. Harbus, 39, whose death occurred at Columbus Hospital Sunday night during a 60-day leave in this section from the Merchant Marines, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Wednesday morning, October 22,. Further services were held at St. Michael’s Church and interment was made in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. R. Pruski officiating.

Mr. Harbus, who was born near Weimar and spent his boyhood here, had been in the Merchant Marines for the past nine years; he had been gone from Weimar more than twenty years, living awhile at El Campo before entering the Maritime Service. In ill health since 1936 with a stomach ulcer, he became critically ill Saturday and was taken to the hospital, where an emergency operation was to no avail.

Born July 21, 1908, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Harbus. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Six members of the American Legion post here, Adolf Kristek, Edgar Helmcamp, Oswald Leidolf, Adolf Janecka, Walter Vornsand, and Bill Michalke, served at pallbearers.

Surviving Mr. Harbus are two brothers, Paul of San Diego, Calif., and J. M. Harbus of El Campo; and one sister, Miss Mary Harbus of Baytown. Five half-brothers and three half-sisters also survive.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1947
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Harbus, Paraska

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Paraska Harbus Held Here Thursday

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock for Mrs. Paraska Harbus, 77. from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with services being held at St. Michael’s Church and interment in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Harbus was born in Europe in 1866 and carne to America 30 years ago, settling in this county. She has made this her home since that time. She passed away Tuesday morning at the family home near Borden. Her husband died several years ago.

She leaves one son, John Danyluk.

We extend sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1944, page 1

Harbus, Paul J.

Paul Harbus, 56, San Diego, Buried Here Saturday

Funeral services for Paul J. Harbus, 56, of San Diego, California, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Saturday, May 26, with interment in the church cemetery.

Msgr. Anthony F. Drozr[sic] officiated.

Mr. Harbus, a native of this area who had lived in San Diego the past 22 years, died Wednesday, May 23, in a San Diego hospital, after about a year of illness. He had visited relatives here last September.

Born at Oakland, the son of Mr. and Mrs. B[sic]. H. Harbus, he also lived in the Osage nd Borden areas before moving to San Diego, where he was in civil service work.

Surviving him are a brother, Jim Harbus of Hillje; a sister, Miss Mary Harbus of Baytown; four half-brothers, Frank and Joe Sekerka of here, John Harbus of Ft. Worth, and M. H. Harbus of Yoakum; and three half sisters, Mrs. Annie Garrington of Austin, Mrs. Pauline Plumeyer of New Braunfels and Mrs. Sophie Voitle of Wharton.

Pallbearers were Ed Bohac, Edwin Kainer, Frank Kroboth, Hugo Richter, Ed Michalke and Fred Bohac.

Weimar Mercury, May 31, 1962, page 8

Harbus, Vasil


Mr. Vasil Harbus, aged settler of the Borden section, and father of our townsman and friend, Mr. M. Harbus, passed away at the family home last Monday, after a long period of ill health, aged 78 years. The remains were brought to this city Tuesday, where, after appropriate ceremonies at St. Michael’s Church, they were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. J. J. Hildebrand officiating.

Mr. Harbus had lived in this section for many years. He was a quiet, peacable[sic], law-abiding citizen, a kind husband, father, neighbor and friend, possessing the esteem of all who knew him, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1934, page 5

Harbuz, Anna
Schenk, Ferdinand

Two aged citizens of this section died Wednesday night. One was a Mrs. Harbes, stepmother of a young man employed on the road grading outfit, and the other was Ferdinand Schenk, one of he oldest and most respected of our German-American citizens. Mr. Schenk was a shoemaker by trade and lived opposite St. Michael’s church for many years. He was about 78 years old, and for many years had been a great sufferer. However, he was of naturally cheerful disposition, and bore his sufferings with but little complaint. Both funerals, we understand, will take place at St. Michael’s cemetery this afternoon. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved families.

Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1912, page 4

Harcourt, Daniel Webster



COLUMBUS, Oct. 21.

The yellow fever is increasing fast and is very fatal.

Mr. J. W. [sic.] Harcourt, son of Judge Harcourt, died this evening. Many others are very low, but I can not ascertain their name. Iam not feeling well myself. We need experienced nurses and doctors.

Galveston Daily News, 22 Oct 1873

In our Columbus dispatch of yesterday, it was stated that a son of Judge J. T. Harcourt had died. This is a mistake. D. W. Harcourt, who died at Columbus, was the brother of Judge Harcourt. The Judge and his family are here, and all well. [Interred at Columbus City Cemetery.]

Galveston Daily News, October 23, 1873

GALVESTON, October 21.—The yellow fever at Bryan and Columbus began its ravages to-day. It took the Hon. G. W. Smith, of Colorado, and Capt. Webb Harcourt. . . .

Austin Weekly Statesman, October 23, 1873

Harcrow, Fred L.

Fred L. Harcrow Memorial Service Scheduled July 9

Fred L. Harcrow, 73, of Sheridan died Sunday, July 3 at his home. Memorial services will be held at the family residence in Sheridan on Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. [Place of interment unknown]

Fred was born on Jan 25, 1932 in Waco to Marion and Gladys (Smith) Harcrow.

Mr. Harcrow loved nothing more in life than his family, friends and his woodworking shop.

He is survived by his wife, Iris Harcrow; brother, Gene Hardy; sons, Gary, Lance, Mark Harcrow and Mike Beyette; daughters, Sharon Cox and Dena Harcrow.

He is also survived by his grandsons, Josh, Nico, Mark Jr., Kristopher, Mikey, Brandon and Chase; granddaughters, Snow, Nicole, Jessica and Loren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Gladys Harcrow; brother, Eric Hardy; son, Lonnie Harcrow; and step-daughter, Bridget Brinkmeyer.

Weimar Mercury, July 7, 2005

Harde, Henrietta (Jordt)

News Specials: Columbus,.July 6.--Mrs. Henriette Harde died here last night at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Dora Guenther, after a lingering illness of several years' duration at an age of about 80 years. She was buried in the City cemetery this evening at 4 o'clock.

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1906, page 1

Harde, Sophus Johann Theodor

MR. THEODORE HARDE died suddenly at his residence in this city yesterday morning. He had been up and in his garden in this city yesterday morning--his favorite resort--only the morning before; and although he has been in feeble health for the past two or three years, aggravated by business complications, it was hoped he would be spared to his family for years to come. He was an educated, quiet, unobtrusive gentleman, with many friends. To his bereaved, faithful wife and sorrowing relatives we tender heart-felt condolence. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, December 1, 1881

Hardeman, J. B.

We regret to chronicle the death of Capt. J. B. HARDEMAN, which occurred in Columbus on Saturday, 27th June, at the age of forty-five years. Though an event at any hour to be expected for a month past, it was the source of universal sorrow in the community. He was a gentleman universally esteemed wherever known, being gifted with quiet, unobtrusive manners, pleasing address, and charity for the faults of his fellows. The later years of his life have been crowded with reverses, disappointments and afflictions which he bore with a fortitude akin to heroism. He leaves behind him in Texas many relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The Odd Fellows carried his remains to their last resting place [unknowm] on Sunday last at 9 o’clock.

Colorado Citizen, July 2, 1874, page 3

Hardison, Dock

Dock Hardison

Dock Hardison passed away August 8.

He was born February 8, 1928 in Reel's Ben in Eagle Lake, the son of Dock and Carrie Lowe Hardison.

He attended school at Altair Elementary and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

His employment entailed 40 plus years of service to the Imperial Sugar Refinery.

Preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Bertha Hardison; and a brother, Milton Hardison; survivors include a special and devoted friend, Margaret Avaloz; sons, Herman and Leon Hardison; daughters, Linda Boutte and Inell Jackson (Norris) of Sugar Land, Marlene Wells (Larry) of Missouri City and Juanita Spiller of Richmond; a special and devoted cousin, Margaret McTear; a special friend and his family, Mr. and Clint Bluntson; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other family and friends.

Home going services were held Saturday, August 12 at 1 p.m. from Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Anthony J. Hatfield, pastor, of New Zion Bethel Baptist Church of Wharton officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Robert Parker, Sr., Herman Robertson, Gene Austin, Clint Bluntson, Theodore Lowe, Ray Lowe and Leonard Lowe.

Honorary pallbearers were Herman Hardison, Leon Hardison, Alex Woolridge, Fletcher Hardison, Will F. Tyler, Sr., Thomas Krushall and Robert Frazier.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 17th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hardison, Dora


Dora Hardison, 32 years of age, colored, wife of Richard Hardison, dropped dead at her home on the Brandon farm, Tuesday. Her death is said to have resulted from a stroke of the brain. She is survived by her husband and two children, R. D. Hardison and William Hardison. She was buried yesterday in the colored cemetery at Reel’s Bend.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 18, 1933

Hardy, Martha (McCutchan)

Martha Hardy

Funeral services for Martha McCutchan Hardy were held Monday at the St. John Episcopal Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Martha McCutchan Hardy was born August 21, 1902 in Hallettsville to William Richard and Mary Fink McCutchan. She lived 17 years in Columbus and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Episcopal Women of St. John. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. F. "Jeff" Hardy on March 1, 1979.

Suvivors[sic] include a daughter, Sue Imbornone of Columbus; sisters, Mrs. Frank Smith of Hallettsville and Mrs. Paul Apple of Angleton; one granddaughter, Stephanie Marie Imbornone of Columbus. [Interment was in Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Pallbearers were members of The Vestry of St. John Episcopal Church: Ed Woolery-Price, Buck Burt, Neville Miekow, Ernest Baumgart Jr., Allen Reyer, and Jack Gillespie.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1984, page 2

Hargrove, Earl

Earl Hargrove

Earl Hargrove, 82, was found dead in his home in Columbus Sunday. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Hargrove, who lived alone, had been dead several days when his body was discovered in the bedroom of his home Sunday afternoon. He apparently suffered the attack while sitting in a rocking chair.

Neighbors became suspicious when they heard the television set blaring forth at unusual hours of the night and early morning. They told officers he had not been seen since Thursday.

Chief of Police Ed Potter said there was no evidence to suggest foul play. An inquest was conducted by Justice of the Peace Richard C. Schmidt.

Hargrove had served as a minister of the gospel for 42 years. He was born Dec. 15, 1888, in Colorado County.

He was survived by: one daughter, Mrs. Ella Mae Kydia?? of Brownfield; one son, Joe W. Hargrove of Fort worth and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1971
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hargrove, Mary

DIED, in this city, last Sunday morning, at the residence of Mrs. Emily Townsend, Mrs. MARY HARGROVE, at the age of 73. Mrs. H. had been in ill health for many years, but bore her sufferings like a true Christian woman. She was a religious, charitable lady and was beloved and respected by everyone. she leave a grown son, Harrison Caller, living in the neighborhood of Columbus, besides a large number of relatives and friends. Her remains were taken to Columbus Sunday afternoon for interment. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1890

Hargrove, Robert Henry

Man Charged In Four-Bit Killing

Robert Henry Hargrovw, 34-year-old Columbus negro, was shot and fatally wounded about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Cleve Norman's Palace Cafe there in an argument over change for a $5 bill.

James Lightfoot, 35, Eagle Lake negro, was arrested about an hour and a half later in Bay City. He was returned to Colorado County jail by Chief Deputy Sheriff M. H. BuIler and Highway Patrolman C. E. Morris about 8 p.m. and charged with murder.

Died in Ambulance

Hargrove was taken to the Columbus Hospital and given emergency treatment. He died in Rosenberg 3 1/2 hours after the shooting while en route to Veterans Hospital at Houston. An inquest was held by Justice of the Peace W. T. Gandy and the body was returned to Columbus for burial. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

The dead man was wounded twice, in the left side below the heart, and in the neck, the bullet ranging downword into the right chest, an X-ray showed,

Lightfoot surrendered a 32-caliber pistol which officers said had been fired four times. He was taken into custody as he approached the home of a negro woman, where officers were told he was going when he left Eagle Lake. He was in a car driven by Willie Meyers Jr., 21, Eagle Lake.

5Oc Argument

Norman said he entered the place a short time before the shooting and knew nothing of what had happened before. According to Lightfoot a dice game had been in progress and Hargrove entered the argument, although he was not playing. The difference of opinion is said to have amounted to 50 cents.

The case will go before the grand jury to be empanelled by Judge Lester Holt as the spring term of District Court opens Monday. It will be the only murder case to be considered.

A plea of self-defense is expected to be made by Lightfoot, who told Mr. Builer that Hargrove was threatening him when be fired.

Lightfoot was convicted of cattle theft by a District Court jury in February, 1952, and sentenced to two years in the penitnetiary.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1956

Hargrove, Will Jr.

Will “T-Bo” Hargrove Jr.
May 10, 1922 – January 11, 1997

Will “T-Bo” Hargrove Jr. passed away January 11, 1997, at his home. He was born May 10, 1922, in Colorado County to Will and Henrietta Hargrove.

He attended public schools and confessed hope in Christ at an early age.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Inolia, one brother, Leo Hargrove Sr., three sisters, Gussie Jackson, Bessie Mae Coleman and Margaret Pierson; and two sisters-in-law, Raydine Hargrove and Vera Jewel Grace.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Jewel Dine Young, James Russell Hargrove and Lloyd Young of Columbus, Thomas Charles Hargrove of Altair, Linda Joyce Smallwood of Houston and Larry Lee and Michael Wayne Hargrove of Austin; two sisters, Willie Johnson and Catherine Hargrove; two uncles, Lonnie and Elester Coleman; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday January 18, at 1 p.m. from New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. G. W. Clark, Pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in the City Cemetery in Columbus.

Ben David Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Robert E., Leo D. and Jerry L. Hargrove, Roosevelt Grace Jr., Roy L. Smallwood Sr., Clarence Bratcher, Ernest Preston Coleman, Alfred Denley and Garland Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers were Elvin Lee Irving, Elvin Alley, Ulysses Fitzgerald, Bennie C. Jackson, John Mosby, Clay Denley, Roosevelt Grace Sr. and Paul Davis Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 23, 1997
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Harlan, Genevieve (Calvert)


Mrs. Genevieve Calvert Harlan, age 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 9, 1:33 a.m., at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

She was born, November 3, 1907 in Eagle Lake to Mont G. Calvert and Ethel Bentley Calvert.

She married Irvine F. Harlan in Eagle Lake on April 18, 1941.

Mrs. Harlan worked as a secretary for many years with a Houston based oil company, returning to Eagle Lake during WW II she worked for the Rice Office in Eagle Lake while her husband was serving overseas.

She returned to Houston after the war and later moved to Turkey to be with her husband, who was site manager for an American Air Force Base. They lived in Adana and different parts of Turkey for seven years.

After retirement she and her husband moved to New Braunfels, where he preceeded[sic] her in death in 1977.

Mrs. Harlan returned to Eagle Lake a few months ago, Her family roots grow deep in Eagle Lake’s history being the daughter to the Calvert;s and a granddaughter of the Bentlys[sic].

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include: daughter, Mrs. Charles L. “Kate” Spalinger of Eagle Lake, brother. Mont Calvert, Jr. of New Orleans; grandchildren, Randy and Russell Spalinger, both of Houston, Mrs. Susan Phillips & husband Mike, of Katy. Several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and interement[sic], were held at 2 p.m.,Wednesday, April 10, from the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake, Rev. J. Melburn Sibley, officiating.

Pallbearers were Randy and Russell Spalinger, Mike Phillips, Judge Carl Bently[sic] of Fulshear, Lloyd Spalinger and W. L. Bauer.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulaney[sic] Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1985

Harliss, Effie May

Weimar Local Matters

Little Effie, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Harless, died at the residence of J. W. Taylor, near here, father of Mrs. Harless, the 13th inst., of measles. McKinney papers please copy. Mrs. Harless lives in Collin county, came down to spend the holidays with her parents, and dear little

Effie was taken with measles, and the Good Lord who said “suffer little children to come unto me” took this little angel to himself. The bereaved mother and father have our sincere sympathy in this hour of their loss deprivation. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows)

Colorado Citizen, January 17, 1884

Harn, Ladonia (Wills)


After an illness of two weeks from double pneumonia, Mrs. Donia Wills Harn, eldest daughter of Mrs. M. A. Wills of this city and wife of Mr. A. H. Harn of Grand Saline, Texas, passed away Thursday of last week, and the remains were brought here for interment last Friday afternoon in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. Many sympathizing friends met the remains at the deport and attended the funeral. Rev. G. T. Hester, local Methodist pastor, officiated at the grave, and preached a most touching burial service. “Miss Donia”, as she was familiarly known to our people, lived here up to the time of her marriage to Mr. Harn, and was at one time one of the teacher of the Weimar High School. A sweet, lovable girl, possessed of a most gentle, lovable disposition, our people learned to love her very dearly. As a wife she was kind, loving and thoughtful; as a daughter, she was all that a mother could desire, and only the mother and the Savior above know the many loving ministrations she ever showered upon the grey-haried mother at home. She was an ideal wife, an ideal daughter, and one whose friendship was indeed to be prized. To the deeply bereaved husband, mother and family our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 14, 1919, page 1


Through the columns of the Mercury we tender sincere, heartfelt thanks to the good people of Weimar for the many and untiring kindnesses showered upon us, the beautiful floral tributes, and sympathetic words extended us at the funeral of our beloved wife, daughter and sister, Mrs. Donia Harn. God bless you for it. Respectfully, A. H. Harn, Mrs. M. A. Wills, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gallemore.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1919, page 5

Harness, Jim

Jim Harness, better known as “Old Jimmie,” an old fisherman on the Colorado river, died near the Eagle Lake Rice Irrigation company’s pumping plant last Friday night. From what we can learn, he went to bed that night in perfect health but didn’t arise at his usual time Saturday morning. Neighbors seeing they could not arouse him by calling, broke in a window, the room being locked from the inside, and went in where they found him in bed as though sleeping, but life was extinct. Judge Davidson held an inquest over the remains Saturday, the verdict being that deceased came to his death from heart failure. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 22, 1905, page 2
[From Davidson’s inquest book
p. 15 An inquest was held on James Harnass (who had a club foot) on May 8, 1905, at his residence at pump on river. George Williams brought the message to JP. He died on May 7, 1905, in his residence. "I find from the evidence that James Harness died at his residence at pumping plant on the river on the night of the 7th of May 1905 and that he probably died with heart failure." J. K. Davidson

Harper, Ruby Mae (Goeckler)


Ruby Mae Goeckler Harper, 89, of Wharton passed away Oct. 9 in El Campo.

She was born Feb. 4, 1914 in the historic Alleyton log cabin near Ramsey to Gustav and Frances (Glaiser) Goeckler. She was a homemaker and a writer, corresponding with hundreds of friends around the world. She wrote "Looking Back Eighty Years", chronicling her years growing up on a farm and ranch in Colorado County.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Bobby Harper; her grandson, Mark Lange; and nephew, Robert T. Moody; and niece, Ruth Goeckler of Corner.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Dickerson of Wharton; daughter-in-law, Patricia Daniels Harper of Wharton; sister, Gladys Moody of Alleyton; niece, Fran Moody of Austin; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Wharton with Bro. Donald Roogers officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given in her name to the El Campo Hospice, 1102 N. Mechanic Street, El Campo, TX 77437.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 2003
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Harrell, James

Columbus, Tex., July 17--On the Seymour place, near town, a negro named Horace Dibrell and a white tenant, Jim Harrell, fought over the pay of a fiddle, in which the negro stabbed Harroll four times, the most serious of which was in the right side, the knife penetrating the lungs. He, it is thought, can not recover. The negro was arrested and is held for further development of the case.

Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1893

Another negro will have to answer to the charge of murder. A Post Special says: Columbus, July 24.--Jim Harrall, the man who was, about one week ago, cut by Horace Dibrell, a negro boy, on Mr. Seymour’s plantation, near here, died from the wounds yesterday. He was cut in two places--in the head and in the body. [Place of interment unknown] He and the negro had a falling out about 40 cents’ worth of fiddle strings, and during the fight the negro cut Harroll with the above results. Dr. James Byars attended the wounded man. Judge A. A. Gregory, County Attorney Mansfield and Deputy Sheriff E. L. Townsend held the examining trial this evening. The negro bore a good reputation previous to the difficulty.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1893

Harrell, Lottie Lee (Jones)

Mrs. W. H. Harrell Buried at Osage

Funeral services were held at 9 o'clock this (Thursday) morning for Mrs. W. H. Harrell at the Osage Cemetery, with the Rev. J. H. Thompson, Methodist pastor, officiating.

She died Tuesday night, July 29, at 10 o'clock, after a brief illness.

She leaves her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Frank Horak, Jr. and Miss Billy Louise Harrell, both of this section, and two brothers, Mr. B. W. Jones of Weimar, and Mr. Fr. Jones of Corpus Christi; and two sisters, Mrs. Selma Brister of Campbellton and Miss Mattie Jones of Corpus Christi.

Weimar Mercury, 1 August 1941
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Harrell, Ollie

The sad and sudden death of Miss Ollie Harrell, a popular young lady of our town, at Houston last Sunday afternoon, was indeed a painful shock to many of our citizens, as no news reached here of the event until the body was brought home Monday morning on the 4 o’clock train, although several telegrams were said to have been sent from Houston Sunday afternoon to parties here. Miss Ollie was a very popular young lady, gentle, kind and loving to all, possessed of a bright and happy disposition and possessed myriads of friends wherever known. She visited Houston recently, and while visiting relatives there, was taken sick with congestion last Friday, and died Sunday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock. Her remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, many relatives and sorrowing friends being present to witness the last sad and impressive rites, which were feelingly performed by her late pastor, Rev. T. O. Sallee. Our sincere condolence is extended the bereaved mother and relatives in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1895

Harrell, Vilena Grace


Vilena Grace Harrell, aged 21 days, baby daughter of Willie Harrell and wife of the Osage section, died Wednesday of last week and the remains were buried the following day. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in their sad misfortune. [Interment made in Osage cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1928

Harrell, Wilhelmine


Mrs. J. H. Harrell, aged 78 years, died near Columbus last Friday, and the funeral took place Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Wyatt, Columbus Baptist minister, officiating. [Interment in Live Oak cemetery]

Mrs. Harrell had been in declining health for some time past and her death was not unexpected. Decedent was a resident of this section for many years, a member of the Live Oak Baptist Church, a good true wife and mother, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by many old time friends.

She is survived by her aged husband and one son, Mr. Willie Harrell of the Osage section, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 8, 1930, page 1

Harrell, Willie Lafayette

Willie Harrell Funeral Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Willie Lafayette Harrell, 86, of Rt. 3, Weimar, were held Sunday afternoon, June 29, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in the Osage Cemetery.

Rev. Ralph Simpson of Porter, Texas, officiated.

Mr. Harrell died at 8:45 a.m. Friday, June 27. A native of Holman, he had lived at Porter several years and since 1941 at Houston, returning here only recently.

Born July 27, 1893, he was a son of W. H. and Martha Matilda (Denton) Harrell. He married Lottie Lea Jones on March 9, 1920, at Karnes City, and she died July 29, 1941.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank Horak and Mrs. Lad Janecka, both of Weimar, one grandson, Leroy E. Janecka Sr., and one great-grandson, Leroy Edward Janecka Jr.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Urban, Leo Kunz, Bill Hudec, Edwin Stock, Robert McCoskey, and Jerry Kubenka.

Weimar Mercury, 3 July 1980 p.6
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Harrington, Tom

Tom Harrington, 85, of Pleasanton, Calif., passed away May 6 at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, Calif.

He was born in Brownwood Feb. 5, 1917 to Lou and Bess (Farmer) Harrington and married Mari McCaleb, in Eagle Lake, on March 12, 1942 and led a lifetime career in sales, and in his own business for over 20 years. He served honorably with the United States Air Force with over 40 years of active and reserve duty beginning with his enlistment into the Army Air Corps., serving in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, then retiring in 1977 at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Mr. Harrington was a member and faithful servant of the Burlingame United Methodist Church in Burlingame, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Omar Harrington.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Mari and Roger Leontie, of Pleasanton, Calif.; sisters, Sylvia Clayton and Louise Griswold; brother, J. C. Staton; and two grandsons, Stephen and Jerry Leontie.

Graveside services took place in Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake, on May 11 with the Rev. Bill Ramsey, pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church, officiating. A special eulogy was presented by H. J. Dalton Jr., Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force Retired. Honor Guard and full military honors were provided by the United States Air Force.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 2002
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Harry, George P.

George P. Harry Passed Away At Garwood Home On Monday Afternoon

Pioneer Resident Of This Section Of State, Who Recalled When No Railroad Touched Austin County, Buried At Lakeside.

George P. Harry, who has been making his home with his son, J. M. Harry in Garwood for the past four months, passed away Monday evening at half past 4 o’clock.

Mr. Harry was born in Washington county near Brenham on March 1st, 1855, where he resided until he was twenty-one years of age. In 1876, he moved to Austin county, near the present town of Wallis. He engaged in farming at this place for one year, then moving back to Washington county. At the end of five years, he again moved to Austin county. He there spent four years in farming and moved to Yoakum, Texas, where he was engaged in business for thirteen years. In 1902, Mr. Harry again moved to Austin county where he continued to engage in farming until he was stricken with illness in April of last year. He resided with his son in Garwood since last November.

Mr. Harry was married to Miss Frances Horn on February 10th, 1876, and to this union were born four children, the two oldest having died in infancy. The surviving children are J. M. Harry of Garwood and L. E. Harry of Eagle Lake. He is also survived by his wife, Mrs. Frances Harry, eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Harry was a pioneer citizen of this section of Texas. He helped to build the San Antonio & Aransas Pass railroad through Wallis and could recall the time when no railroad touched Austin county. At that time all supplies were freighted in with ox teams from Houston.

Mr. Harry was a man of gentle and kindly disposition. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances. Throughout his long life he always manifested a disposition to be helpful to his fellowman. He was a patient sufferer and was never known to complain. The funeral was held at Lakeside Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. J. E. Morgan, pastor of the Methodist church at Columbus officiating.

The active pallbearers were his two sons and four grandsons, Jesse Harry, Eddie Harry, Howard Harry, Everett Harry, Ernest Harry and G. P. Harry.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 18, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Harry, Gertrude "Gertie" (Wanja)

Gertrude Harry Services Held on Sept. 20

Gertrude "Gertie" Harry, 94, of Columbus, passed away on September 16 in Columbus.
She was born on June 24, 1918, to Joseph Frank and Mary M. (Kasper) Wanja in Weimar.
Gertrude worked as a waitress for various local restaurants and cafes.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Mary Queen of the Snows No. 1588.

Gertrude is survived by her sons, Rusty Harry and wife Debby of Houston and Thomas Kessler and wife Cindy of Texas City; sisters, Margie Kuhn and Gladys Rau both of Columbus, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, Everett J. Harry, Jr., Jesse Joseph Harry and Kenneth B. Harry; brother Edgar Wanja, and sister Dorothy Wanja Fink.

Parish Prayer Service and C.D.A. Rosary will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday at Henneke Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 20, at 2 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home with Fr. Augustine N. Asante officiating.

Burial will take place in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.
Pallbearers are Doug, Joe, Tom and John Rau, Harold Kuhn and David Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mary Queen of the Snows No. 1588, P. O. Box 669, Columbus, TX 78934.
Online condolences can be given at

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 20, 2012
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Harry, Howard R.

Howard R. Harry

Funeral services for Howard R. Harry were held Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m. at Lehrer Memorial Methodist Church with Rev. Effie May Young, pastor, officiating. Burial was held at Lehrer Cemetery, Grarwood.

Howard Harry was born January 10, 1911 in Wallis, Texas, to Martha and Jessie Harry. He married Gayle Schilling on November 9, 1937 in Garwood. He lived his life in Garwood and worked as a rice farmer.

Harry was a member of Lehrer Memorial Methodist Church of Garwod, American Quarterhorse Assn.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Harry, Garwood; daughter, Becky Erekson and husband Allen of Houston; sister, Jessie Mae Rau, Arlington, Tx.; brother, G. P. Harry, Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Craig and Allison Erekson both of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

The pallbearers were: L. J. Schilling, Eldin Wied, Park Christenberry, Troy Krenek, Danny Stephens and Joe Mahalitc.

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 1983
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Harry, Walter Lee

Garwood Gatherings

Our sincerest sympathy is extended Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Harry in the death of their little ten-year-old son, Walter Lee, who died at ten o’clock last Friday morning of lock jaw. The funeral was held at Wallis, the former home of the family on Saturday evening. Everything that loving hands and medical aid could do was done to save the little boy, but all to no avail. The remains were shipped to Wallis [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake] where the funeral was held. Walter Lee was a bright manly and interesting little boy, and the saddened parents have the heart-felt sympathy of all the people of this community in their hour of great sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 13, 1919, page 5

Hart, Nancy

Vital Statistics

Reported by Chas. J. G. Leesemann, county clerk, as reported to him during the month of October 1907. . . .


Nancy Hart, female, 21 years, 4 months, Oct. 11. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1907


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Harter, Ann

Mrs. Ann Harter Died At Home Of Daughter In Rock Island On Sunday

Mother Of Former Local Citizen Had Been Resident Of Rock Island Section For Over Thirty-Five Years.

Mrs. Ann Harter, one of the old and loved citizens of Rock Island died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam Cooper, at Rock Island Sunday.

She had been ill for more than five months and for the past several weeks has lain helpless in her bed.

Mrs. Harter was born on October 16, 1851, in Elysaville, Kentucky. With her family she moved from Kentucky to Missouri and from the latter State moved to Texas thirty-five years ago, and since that time has resided in Rock Island and the Rock Island vicinity. She passed away at the age of 81 years and nearly 5 months of age.

Funeral services were held Monday, with Rev. Mr. Wyatt, Baptist pastor of Columbus, conducting the services, interment being made in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

She is survived by four children, Lon Harter of Galveston; C. J. Harter of Houston; Mrs. Sam Cooper of Rock Island and Mrs. E. E. Green of Garwood; one foster-son, Guy Salmon of Houston, nine grand children and three great grandchildren, who have the sympathy in their sadness of all who know them.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 18, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Harter, Ella M. (Werlla)


Former-Citizen Of Eagle Lake Passed Away At Houston Home Wednesday Night After Brief Illness.

Mrs. Charles J. Harter died at 9:30 Wednesday night at her home, 1405 Crocker Street, in Houston, following an illness of only a few days.

While Mrs. Harter had not been well for some time, her illness was not considered serious, and she was on duty at her position with the Gulf Building Sunday evening. She suffered a stroke on Monday evening.

Mrs. Harter was in the fiftieth year of her age, and was a former well known citizen of this city, the family having moved to Houston from Eagle Lake about sixteen years ago.

She was a splendid, good woman and held in the highest of esteem by all who knew her. She possessed a sweet and amiable disposition with endeared her to all with whom she came in contact, and news of her death was received here with genuine regret by a host of ftiends[sic].

Funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake at 11 o'clock this, Friday, morning, interment being made in the Lakeside Cemetery. The pallbearers were W. M. Conner, Carl Seaholm, J. N. Frazar, N. C. Ney, J. M. Chumney and A. F. Harbert.

Mrs. Harter is survived by her mother, Mrs. Julia Werlla of Eagle Lake, her husband, who was formerly city marshal here; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Hintz and Mrs. Lula Tilson of this city and Mrs. S. C. Stafford of San Antonio; five brothers, G. C. Werlla of Altair; E. A. Werlla of Temple, C. J. Werlla of Denison, W. S. Werlla of New Orleans and J. O. Werlla of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. D. R. Smith of Houston and a granddaughter, Ella Lee Smith.

The people of this section sympathize with the bereaved members of the family in their deep sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 24, 1934, page 1

Hartfiel, Arthur Robert

Hartfiel Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Arthur Robert Hartfiel, 84, of Frelsburg were conducted Friday, October 4, 1991 at 2 p.m. at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in La Grange with the Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.

Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Hartfiel passed away Wednesday. October 2 in a La Grange nursing home.

A lifetime resident of the Frelsburg area, he was born March 28, 1907. the son of Wilhelm and Helene Hartfiel. He was a retired farmer and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Surviving are three sisters, Mathilda Brieger of La Grange. Olga Foster of Shaws Bend and Lydia Oeser of Nechanitz; one brother, Richard Hartfiel of Columbus; three nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by four brother, Hugo, Oscar, Louis, and an infant brother: one sister, Elsie; and his parents.

Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Society.

New Ulm Enterprise, October 10, 1991, page 4

Hartfiel, Emil Richard


Funeral services for Emil Richard Hartfiel were held Friday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frelburg[sic] with the Rev. Lynn Rostadt officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Koenig Peel Funeral Home.

Mr. Hartfiel was born March 3, 1895 in Gollantsch, Germany to Heinrich Hartfiel and Albertina Juliane Lange Hartfiel. He married Leona Niemeyer Hartfiel on November 6, 1945 in Frelsburg. He lived most of his life in Rockhouse in the Frelsburg area and he worked as a farmer.

Survivors include two daughters and sons - in - law. Ruth & Kervin Albers of Brenham and Delores and Herbert Dabelgott of Brenham. He also has five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, May 30, 1985

Hartfiel, Frieda Anna (Foster)

Frieda Anna Hartfiel

Funeral services for Frieda Anna Hartfiel were held Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus, with Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating. Burial was at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery In Frelsburg.

Mrs. Hartfiel was born September 3, 1905, in Shaws Bend. She married Hugo Hartfiel on May 27, 1941. A housewife, she lived most of her lifetime in Columbus.

Survivors include her husband, Hugo Hartfiel of Columbus, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Brieger of Point Comfort, Texas. Pallbearers were Leland Oeser, Henry Burger, Larry Foster, Harvey Scow and William Vacek.

Colorado County Citizen, June 28, 1984, page 2

Hartfiel, Hugo F.


Funeral services were held for Hugo F. Hartfiel, 83, of Columbus on Wednesday, December 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Mr. Hartfiel died Dec. 2 at his residence.

He was born August 13, 1902 in Frelsburg to William Hartfiel and Helene Hartfiel. He married Frieda Foster May 27, 1941.

Mr. Hartfield was a retired mechanic, school bus driver and rancher. Mr. Hartfield was a lifetime resident of this area.

He was preceeded[sic] in death by his wife, Frieda Hartfiel, his parents, William and Helene Hartfiel, two brothers, Oscar and Louis Hartfiel, and one sister, Elsie Schatz.

Survivors include three sisters, Mathilda Brieger of Columbus, Olga Foster of Shaws Bend and Lydia Oeser of La Grange; two brothers, Arthur and Richard Hartfiel both of Frelsburg, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Dr. L. T. Baron, Joe Rau, Henry Berger, Jr., Larry Foster, Lester Gene Foster and Leland Oeser.

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1985

Hartfield, Oscar J. M.


Oscar, 19-year-old youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Hartfield of three miles north of Frelsburg, died at their home yesterday morning. Funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon at four and interment will take place at the Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

The young man had attended school in New Ulm through the junior year and was to have come to the Columbus school to graduate this term had not his health failed.

The sorrowing parents and family have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 1933, page 1

Hartfiel, Paul P. M.


The bones of the human being which were found last week close to the railroad track are proved by the remains of the garments--a common fountain pen and a small memorandum, which were found in his pockets--to be the 17-year-old son of Mr. Emil Hartfield.

A thorough search was made for the skull bone, but nothing except the lower jawbone was found. [Buried at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1899

On a habeas corpus hearing before District Judge M. Kennon last week the negroes charged with the murder of Paul Hastfield [sic.], in the Frelsburg vicinity, were released. The evidence was not sufficient in the mind of the judge to warrant him in remanding them to jail.

Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1899, page 1

Hartfiel, Richard E.

Richard E. Hartfiel, 83, of Fredrlcksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1994, in a Columbus hospital.

Born Dec. 28, 1910, he was the son of William and Helene Hartfiel. He was a retired farmer, rancher and carpenter, a Lutheran and a member of American Legion Post 383 of Columbus. Mr. Hartfiel, who lived for most of his life in Frelsburg, was a veteran of World War II where he served in the Army.

Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Serving as pallbearers were members of VFW Post 383: Claude Rhodes, Louis Cordes, Warren Wilburn, A.J. Brune Jr., Ed Maynard and Daniel Berger.

Mr. Hartfiel is survived by his sisters, Mathilda Brieger of La Grange, Olga Foster of Shaws Bend and Lydia Oeser of Nechanitz; nephews Lester Gene Foster, Larry Wayne Foster and Leland Oeser and niece Nita Marie Vacek.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Hugo, Louis, Arthur and Oscar Hartfiel; a sister, Elsie Schatz and an infant brother.

Colorado County Citizen, September 28, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Hartmann, Alma F.

Final Rites for Miss Hartmann, 64, Here Friday

Funeral services for Miss Alma Hartmann, 64, of San Antonio, were held Friday afternoon, Sept. 3, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiated.

Miss Hartmann died Wednesday, Sept. 1, in San Antonio.

Born May 31, 1912, she was a daughter of Henry and Julia Hartmann.

Surviving are two brothers, Henry Hartmann of Hallettsville and Werner Hartmann of Victoria; seven sisters, Miss Bertha Hartmann of Austin, Mrs. Rudolph (Hertha) Herman of Lissie, Mrs. Olen (Elfrieda) Ludwig of Hallettsville, Mrs. Edwin (Julia) Wienken of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Victor (Sophia) Richter of Hermleigh and Mrs. Oscar (Leona) Herman and Mrs. James (Wilma) Cash of Eagle Lake; 20 nieces and nephews, and 28 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers were Lester Herman, Martin Herman, John Cash, Randy Hartmann, Mike Hartmann, and Alton Herman.

Named as honorary pallbearers were Dr. George E. Bernard, Dr. Robert P. Campbell, Dr. Henry Cook, Dr. Alfred Nisbet, David Nisbet, Dr. Michael Nisbet, Stephen Nisbet, Douglas Nisbet, Dr. Kenneth Hudson, Harold Landgrebe, John Westerhoff Jr., Dr. Carl Giesecke, and Alfred Johanningsmeier.

Weimar Mercury, September 9, 1976

Hartmann, Anton

There were two deaths out in the country the first of the week--a farmer named Anton Hartman dying in the Holman valley section[Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows -unmarked grave], and the 2-year-old daughter of Richard Koym dying near New Bielau. Both were buried Monday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1905, page 4

Hartmann, Bertha

B. Hartmann, Former Weimar Resident, Dies

Graveside services for Miss Bertha Hartmann, 92, of New Braunfels, a former Weimar resident were held at Masonic Cemetery here, Saturday morning, November 11.

Rev. Ernest S. Dean Jr., pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, of which Miss Hartmann was a past member officiated.

Miss Hartmann, who had retired from practical nursing, died Thursday at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in New Braunfels after a brief illness.

Born February 2, 1886, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Anton and Amalia (Racer) Hartmann.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews in this general area.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hartman, Bertha Katherine


Bertha Katherine Hartman, age 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away Wednesday, December 2 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 3 from the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Pastor Al Flathmann of Grace Lutheran' 'Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Burial was it the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Bertha Katherine Hartman was born December 22, 1903 in Weimar to Henry Hartman and Julie Ann Swoboda Hartman. She moved to Eagle Lake from Austin seven years ago and had been a resident of the Heritage House Nursing Home for the past year.

She was also a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Alma Hartman and Hertha Herman, a brother, Werner A. Hartman, Sr.

Survivors: include sisters, Leona Herman of Eagle Lake, Wilma Cash of Eagle Lake, Julie Winken of Corpus Christi, Sophie Richter of Snyder and Allie Ludwig of Hallettsville; brother, Henry Hartman of Hallettsville; numerous nieces and, nephews; and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1987

Hartmann, Henry

Henry Hartmann, 79, Dies at Lissie; Burial Here Today

Funeral services were held this (Thursday) afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home for Henry Hartmann, Sr., 79, who died at Lissie, near Eagle Lake.

The Rev. Chas. Bawel, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, of which Mr. Hartmann was a member, officiated. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Mr. Hartmann had been ill nine years. About four years ago he and his wife moved from their farm at Holman to live with their daughter, Mrs. Rudolph Herman. Mrs. Hartmann died in February 1956.

Born April 8, 1850, in Germany, Mr. Hartmann the son of Anton and Amelia Racer Hartmann, who brought their family to this country in 1883. He married Miss Julia Swoboda on Jan. 8, 1903, and they lived in the Holman area until 1955.

Survivors are eight daughters, Miss Bertha Hartmann of Austin. Mrs. Rudolph Herman, Mrs. Oscar Hermann and Mrs. James Cash of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Edwin Wienken of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Victor Richter of Hermleigh, Miss Alma Hartmann of San Antonio, and Mrs. Olen Ludwig of Hallettsville; two sons, Henry Hartmann Jr. of Hallettsville and Werner Hartmann of Snyder; and two sisters Mrs. Minna Ulbrich of Alleyton and Miss Bertha Hartmann of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, November 13, 1959

Hartmann, Julie (Swoboda)

Final Rites For Mrs. Hartmann, 72, Set For Today

Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home for Mrs. Henry Hartmann Sr., 72, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr., pastor of Evangelical & Reformed Church, will officiate.

Mrs. Hartmann died Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Laughlin Hospital, Eagle Lake, where she had been a patient six days.

Born in Germany, she was the daughter of John and Anna Swoboda, who brought her to this country when she was 1-year-old. The family settled near Holman. In 1902, she was married to Mr. Hartmann, and they lived on a farm north of Weimar for 47 years. A year ago they moved to Eagle Lake to live with a daughter, Mrs. Rudolf Hermann.

Survivors in addition to the husband are two sons, Henry Hartmann Jr. of Hallettsville and Werner of Odessa; eight daughters, Miss Bertha Hartmann of Austin, Miss Alma Hartmann of San Antonio, Mrs. Rudolf Hermann and Oscar Hermann of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Olen Ludwig of Hallettsville, Mrs. Edwin Wienken of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Victor Richter of Hermleigh, and Mrs. James Cash, who lives in England, where her husband is in military service; one brother, John Swoboda of Los Angeles, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Marie Stark and Mrs. Andrew Johnson of Austin, Mrs. Adolf Rabel and Mrs. Oscar Greak of Weimar; and a number of grandchildren.

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 3, 1956
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Hartman, Werner A.

Werner A. Hartman

Werner A. Hartman, 59, of Victoria, died at 12:17 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 in a Victoria hospital following a short illness.

Funeral services were conducted at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 11 from the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel in Victoria with the Rev. Donald Boyd officiating. Veterans of Foreign Wars graveside services followed at Colonial Gardens Cemetery.

He was born December 2, 1925, in Weimar to the late Henry Hartman. A former resident of Robstown, he had lived in Victoria since 1961. He was a salesman for Superior Vacuum, veteran of World War II having served in the U.S.Navy, member of VFW Post No. 4146 and a member of the Lutheran church.

He is survived by his widow, Carol Harrison Hartman, of Victoria; three sons, Mike and Werner A. Hartman Jr., both of Victoria and Danny Hartman of Pleasanton; three step-daughters, Jeanenne Custer of New Orleans, La.., Linda Scott of Corpus Christi and Cindy Gomez of Victoria; stepson, Royce Lee Malone of Corpus Christi; six sisters, Bertha Hartman, Leona Herman and Wilma Cash, all of Eagle Lake, Sophie Richter of Snider, Allie Ludwig of Hallettsville; and 10 grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. Don Wendt, Ed Janota, Roy High, Franklin Stoelje, Bill Watson and Sam Gomez.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 14, 1985
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Hartsell, Solomon

Weimar Local Matters

Again are we called upon to chronicle the death of one of our citizens, Mr. Solomon Hartsell, which occurred last Thursday morning. He was a partner of Mr. M. Richter in a bar room. “Sol.”, (as he was commonly called) has been in Weimar for several years, was always at his post--no man ever attended to or watched his business closer than he did. He made some money, which was willed to his brother in Alabama. He appointed Henry Bock his executor. It is sad to die away from those we love; no affectionate mother to wipe the death-damp from the brow; no kind sister to smooth the pillow of death; not but new made friends to close the eyes. He was buried at Odd Fellows’ Rest, there to await the “ summons.” We dropped a sprig of evergreen into the new made grave, and said, “Rest in peace.”

Colorado Citizen, July 28, 1881

Harvey, Evander


Evanda Harvey, colored, who lived here for many years, died of paralysis at his home near Elgin Sunday night, and the remains were brought here Tuesday for interment in the colored people’s burying ground west of Weimar. Some of the relatives were at his bedside Sunday, but returned home that night, not realizing that death was so near.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1934, page 4

Harvey, Lucien B.

Mr. L. B.. Harvey, one of Colorado county’s well known and popular citizens, residing for many years at Borden, but moving to Glidden a few months ago, died at the latter named place Friday afternoon, after a brief illness, aged 74 years. The remains were taken to Borden, and there laid to rest Saturday afternoon. Mr. Harvey was known well and favorably to the people of this section, and his death is sincerely deplored. To the grief-stricken widow and children the sympathy of the Mercury, as well as numerous other friends, is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1905

Harvey, unknown

A 10-year-old son of Frank Harvey, colored, who had been off picking cotton, died and was brought here for burial the first of the week. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1900, page 4

Harvey, Wash

Tuesday the dead body of Wash Harvey, a freedman living on Skull creek, in this county, was found by Mrs. Robert W. Putney and Miss Dickie Obenchain, about two hundred yards this side Ratcliff’s creek. He was hauling a load of wood to town. Sheriff Townsend was apprized of the fact, summoned a jury, and Justice Putney held an inquest, who returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from approplexy. Wash was an industrious, faithful negro, and had accumulated some little property. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 31, 1883

Haskell, Elmina Williams (Puryear)


Mrs. Elmina W. Haskell died at the home of her daughter Mrs. S. V, Wesson, at Glidden, last Monday afternoon. She was in her eighty-third year and for the past few years she had been in poor health. Mrs. Haskell was born in McCracken County, Virginia, Oct., 1st. 1836, but had lived in Texas since 1858. She was the mother of fourteen children, seven of whom survive her. The funeral was conducted at the home of Mrs. Wesson at Glidden, with whom she had lived for many years, and burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. P.Morgan conducing the services.

Colorado Citizen, February 26, 1919

Haskell, Horace Homer

H. H. Haskell Dead.

Horace Homer Haskell died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. T. H. Wesson. in Glidden at 7:40 p. m., Thursday, Feb. 6th, 1912, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 6 days. Death resulting from a case of hernia, superinduced by old age. Mr. Haskell was born in Jackson, Tenn., Sept. 30th, 1829. In his boyhood days he moved to Mayfield, Ky., where he lived until 1857, when he came to Texas in an ox wagon, first settling at Richmond, but a year later moving to Columbus. He served in the army of the Confederacy, first enlisting in Capt. R. V. Cook's Co. He took part in the battle of Sabine Pass and also assisted in the burial of the Union soldiers killed in that most sanguine engagement. After the war he was Post Master in Columbus for several years and later held positions as Justice of the Peace and of Constable. For many years he was a trusted employee of the G. H. & S. A. RY, retiring on pensioh[sic] at the age of 70. He was married in Kentucky in 1853 to Miss Elmina Williams Puryear who survives him. There are 14 children seven of whom are living, the fruits of this marriage, as follows: Mrs. T. H. Wesson of Glidden, Mrs. R. F. Noble of Houston: Harmon, William and Mike of Houston, Charles of Kingsville and John of Mayfield, Ky. There are eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

The funeral took place at the Odd Fellow's Rest Wednesday, Rev. A. Noble James, of the Methodist church officiating, and all the children except Mrs. Noble being present to witness the last sad rites.

Mr. Haskell was of English descent and his son Harmon of Houston is now in possession of the family tree dating from the beginning of the 16th century. From his infancy he was a consistent member of the Methodist church and as a boy in Kentucky, was the teacher of a Sunday school class. He was one of those who practiced his religion in his daily life, which was a noble example of Christian purity. The Citizen extends its sympathy to the bereaved family. --Colorado Citizen

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1912, page 2

Haskell, Marcellus H.

Mr. M. H. Haskell

The earthly remains of Mr. Marcelius H. Haskell were brought here for burial Saturday morning, and funeral service was conduced at Odd Fellows Rest by Rev. G. C Marmion of the Episcopal church of this city.

Mr. Haskell was a brother of Mrs. Sue V. Wesson of San Antonio and Mrs. R F. Noble of Houston. He was 72 years of age and had lived in Houston since 1897.

Mr. Haskell is survived by four brothers, three daughters and eight grandchildren.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of their many acquaintances and friends in this community.

Colorado County Citizen, February 21, 1935


M. H. Haskell, 71, who had been "poorly born", had "poorly lived" and "poorly dIed", stretched himself on his bed late Wednesday and shot himself to death.

An inquest verdict of suicide, was returned by Justice Decker, after finding of the body in the bedroom at 7036 Avenue E.

A penciled note, found in Haskell's room, gave directions for funeral arrangements.

"Don't fail to read his note when the lime comes," was written on the folded note., "for it is very important."

“Poorly born, poorly lived, poorly died--and no one cried.''

He asked that Westheimer-Vollus have charge of the funeral and that his body "remain in state for three days" before burial. He also instructed that his suit be cleaned and pressed before burial.
"Just get the cheapest box you can find," the note read. "You can bury me anywhere you like--in the Buffalo Bayou If you like. But I would like to be next to my dear wife at Victoria. If agreeable to all.

"May God bless you and be with you all until we meet again. As my heart has failed me and I have not a friend on earth."---Houston Press.

Harmon Haskell was born and reared in Columbus, Texas, and lived there up to early manhood. He was well known to the writer of these lines, but was one of those unfortunates that never seemed to get ahead. The remains were taken to Columbus for interment. Peace to his memory!

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1935, page 3


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Hastings, Annie Georgia (Gegenworth)

92-Year-Old Mrs. Hastings Dies In Sleep Here

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Columbus Funeral Home for Mrs. Annie G. Hastings, who died in her sleep early Monday morning at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Hastings wIth whom she had lived for the past 3 and a half years. She would have been 93 had she lived until Jan. I4, 1955. Rev C. Jordan Mann officiated, assisted by Dr. Norman L. Roberts. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

She had spent her entire life in Columbus with the exception of a few months in Fayetteville with her mother while her father, George Gegenworth, served with the Confederate Army. Mr. Gegenworth was wounded soon afterwards and came home. He died years later as a result of the same wound. Mrs. Hastings’ mother was the former Frances Diettrich.

Mrs. Hastings were married to R. A. Hastings Oct. 25, 1881. He died in 1930. Coming to Texas on a cattle trail, he was originally from Maryland.

Survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. Cora Arceneaux of Lake Charles, La., and Mrs. Louise Buescher of Columbus. and the son. One Child, George Thomas, died at the age of 8 days. A sister, Mrs. Tillie Garner of Beaumont and a brother, George Gegenworth of Columbus, died more than 20 years ago. Nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren survive.

Pallbearers were Will Miekow, Louis Waldvogel, A. I. Chapman, Charles J. F. Lipperdt, Elvy Mehrens and Erwin, Kollman.

Among out of town people here for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Garner, Beaumont; Mr. and Mrs. Woodfln Boggess, Dallas;, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Baumgarten, Schulenburg; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Holt and Mr. and Mrs. Jennerson Buescher and children, San Antonio, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Buescher and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Buescher, Mrs. Jewel McNabb, Mrs. Anna Louise Otting, Mrs. Joyce Covel, Mrs. Earlene Landig, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, November 18, 1954

Hastings, Bennett Alvin

B. A. Hastings Dies Suddenly; Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services for Bennett A. Hastings, 65, were held at Columbus Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. William Hathaway of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Hastings died suddenly early Monday morning at his home here. He had spent the weekend in Lake Charles, La., with his only surviving sister, Mrs. Cora Arcenaux, and had returned home by bus at 3 a.m. He awakened his wife about 5, telling her he was ill and Dr. C. I. Shult was summoned. Mr. Hastings died at about 5:30 after a heart attack.

He was a member of 2 of Columbus’ oldest families. His father, R. A. Hastings, originally from Maryland, came to Columbus after a cattle drive from Kansas in the early days and was a blacksmith here in a building behind the present loction[sic] of Zeiner’s Humble station. His mother, Annie Georgia Gegenworth, was born and reared in Columbus and spent her entire life here.

Born Mar. 19, 1894, Mr. Hastings also spent his entire life here. After finishing school, he went into the grocery business with his uncle, George Gegenworth. Mr. Gegenworth left the business to Mr. Hastings when he died in 1931. The grocery was started first as a bakery by Mr. Hastings’ grandfather, George Andrew Gegenworth, when he came home from the service in the War Between the States.

Survivors are Mr. Hastings’ widow, the former Georgia Lawless from he married June 20, 1922, the sister in Lake Charles and 13 nieces and nephews, also 3 cousins, Mrs. Woodfin Boggess of Dallas and Bill Garner and Mrs. Irene Herrington of Beaumont.

Pallbearers were Louis Waldvogel, Charles Klein, Sam Harbert, Brandon Fitzpatrick, Joe Knight and Jack Allen.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 1959, page 10

Hastings, George Thomas

With much regret we note the sad affliction which has befallen the family of friends, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Hastings of this city, depriving them of their seven days old infant, who died on Friday last after suffering from its birth. The fond parents have the sympathy of many friends. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, January 17, 1884

Hasty, Pearl (Woolridge)

Funeral services for Pearl Hasty, 99, were held Saturday, Sept. 22, from Greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Weimar, with burial in Paradise Garden Cemetery. Rev. M. L. Williams and Rev. L. C. Campbell officiated.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Born on April 15, 1891, in Colorado County, she was a daughter of Albert and Anna (Juniors) Woolridge. She was married to Hosie Hasty Sr. here in 1917, and they had 10 children.

Mrs. Hasty was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for more than 80 years.

Surviving are two sons, Howard and Hosie Hasty Jr., both of Weimar; three daughters, Molav Lee, Rosie Lee Hasty and Willie Mae Williams, all of Weimar; 28 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1990
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Hatten, Marvin Ellis Sr.


Marvin E. Hatten Sr., 58, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 26 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

He was born May 25, 1946 to William Baskin and Eula (Lowrey) Hatten and married Judy Diane Wedig Aug. 6, 1965. He was a carpenter for Adcock Construction Company and served as a Merchant Marine.

He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, William and Blanche Hatten; and stepfather and mother, Hoten and Eula Curry.

He was survived by his wife; daughters, Barbie Hatten Bujnoch and husband, Buck III of Sheridan and Dee Dee Heinsohn and husband, Troy of Fayetteville; son, Marvin Ellis Hatten Jr of Houston; sisters, Erma Lee Hoggatt and husband, Ronald of Leesville, La., Jessie Johnson of Grayson, La., Violet Hill of Leesville, La. and Lena Hatten of West Monroe, La.; brothers, Leo Hatten and wife, Windy of Macon, Ga., David Hatten and wife, Beverly of Delhi, La., Mike Hatten of West Monroe, La., Wesley Hatten of West Monroe, La. and Buck Curry and wife, Beverly of Delhi, La.; and grandchildren, Cody Wyatt Bujnoch, and Mason and Haley Heinsohn.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 28, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with William Curry officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Mike Twitty, Gary Toddy, Ricky Navara, Brian Katel, Troy Heinsohn and Ronnie Geistmann.

Honorary pallbearers were Buck Bujnoch III and Neal Adcock.

Colorado County Citizen, December 29, 2004
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Hauptmann, Anton

Aged Man Dies First of Week

Mr. Hauptmann, aged father of Mrs. Fred Dittrich of the Clear Creek section, died Sunday last and the remains were interred in St. Michael’s Cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Hauptmann was a native of Austria, and came to this country in the early seventies or eighties. In Austria he was a soldier during the war with Germany in 1866, and to friends here often talked of his experiences during said war. He predicted for a long time before it actually did happen that the people would soon become involved in a world-wide war, and that it did come to pass we all know.

Mr. Hauptmann was a quiet, good citizen, industrious and a hard worker up to the time that old age crept upon him and impaired his vigor and strength. He was said to be eighty-odd years old at time of his death.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hauser, Frank E.

Frank Hauser Funeral Services Set Feb. 13

Frank E. Hauser, 80, of San Antonio, died Sunday, Feb. 9.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. of Thursday, Feb. 13 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar. Interment will follow at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Hauser was born and raised in Weimar and was a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corp and discharged with the rank of Corporal in 1946. He also retired from Kelly Civil Services after 30 years.

He is survived by sisters, Paulina Hauser; brothers, Edwin and Joe Hauser; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The Weimar Mercury, February 13, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Hauser, John Joseph Sr.

Final Rites for John Hauser Sr., 61, Saturday

Funeral services for John J. Hauser, Sr., 61, were held Saturday afternoon, March 23, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Albert Hubertus officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, where fellow veterans paid military tribute.

Mr. Hauser died Thursday, March 21, at his home, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 24, 1906, at Hallettsville, the son of Joseph and Anna Rabel Hauser, he lived at Weimar most of his life. He married Miss Pauline Kubica here January 21, 1946. An overseas army veteran of World War II, he was a member of St. Michael’s Church, St. Joseph’s Society and VFW Post 5875 here. He was a masonry worker, an employee of Wick Bros. here for many years.

Survivin[sic] in addition to his wife are a son, John Jr., of Weimar; five brothers, Willie of Homersville, Ohio, Henry of Houston, Frank, Joe and Edwin of San Antonio; and a sister, Miss Paulina Hauser of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Fred Wick, Gus Beck Jr. and Herbert Beck of St. Joseph’s Society and Anton Cejka, Leo Guenther and Harvey Bartosh of the VFW.

Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1968, page 10

Hauser, Paulina Margaret

Paulina Hauser Funeral Held On Feb. 28

Paulina Margaret Hauser passed away Feb. 24 in San Antonio, at the age of 87.

She was born in Weimar, on Aug. 1, 1917.

Ms. Hauser is survived by her brother, Joe Hauser and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna Hauser; brothers, John Joseph Hauser, william Lawrence Hauser, Henry John Hauser, Frank Edward Hauser, and Edwin Emil Hauser; and sister, Anna Hauser.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Michael Catholic church in Weimar on Feb 28 with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 2005

Havel, Bernice (Runge)


Bernice Runge Havel, 75, of Columbus, passed away Monday, Oct. 18, at Lindy Boggs Hospital in New Orleans.

Mrs. Havel, a housewife, was born May 14, 1929, in New Ulm, the daughter of Henry and Matilda Zeiner Runge. She was a lifelong resident of Columbus and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Havel, whom she married on Oct. 20, 1948; parents, Henry and Matilda Zeimer Runge; and infant brother, Henry Runge.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Rogers and husband Jesse of Columbus; a son, Daniel Havel and wife Karen of Katy; four grandchildren, Sarah Havel Fisher of Brookshire, Audrey Havel of College Station, Lane Rogers and Roy Rogers, both of Columbus; and a great-grandson, Justin Rogers of Columbus.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 22, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with the Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. Pallbearers were Wesley Fisher, Lane Rogers, Roy Rogers, Eric Florian, J.B. Rogers, Bruno Burris, Cindy Rogers, Carrie Rogers, Sarah Fisher and Audrey Havel. Interment was in New Ulm Cemetery in New Ulm.

Colorado County Citizen, October 20, 2004
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Havel, Helen Lena (Meyer)

July 20, 1917- April 29, 2007

Services for Helen Lena Meyer Havel, 89, of Columbus and formerly of Fayetteville, were held May 2 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.

Burial followed at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Havel died April 29 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born on July 20, 1917, in Frelsburg, the daughter of Willie D. and Emma Kech Meyer.

Havel was united in marriage with Joe Havel on April 6, 1937.

She was a homemaker, helped with her husband's automotive shop in Rek Hill, and was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville.

Have! was preceded in death by her husband; son, Daniel Lee Havel; parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Josie and Fred Klimek, Mary and August Stancik, Emma and Alfred Canik, Louie Lake[sic]; and brother. Pete Meyer.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law. Anita and Joe Coufal, and Ruby and Tompo Kuhn, all of Fayetteville; daughter-in-law, Connie Jo Havel of Fayetteville; sister, Lillie Laake of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Raymie Kana and her husband, Michael of Columbus, Joe Coufal Jr. and his wife, Sherri of La Grange, Joan Coufal of Fayetteville and friend, Barry Rutta of Columbus, Troy Kuhn and his wife, Michelle of Brenham, Daniel Lee Havel Jr. and his wife, Heather of Wilmington, N.C., and Chris, Colby and Candice Havel of Fayetteville; and five great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kayla Kana, Ethan and Ayden Kuhn, and Caden Bryce Havel.

Pallbearers were Troy Kuhn, Joe Coufal Jr., Michael Kana, Colby Havel, Leroy Canik and Charles Meyer.

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, director.

Banner Press, May 3, 2007

Haveman, Louise (Striebeck)

Mrs. Theo. Havemann Claimed by Death

Many friends throughout this section were deeply grieved last Friday to learn of the death of Mrs. Theo Havemann. which occurred in Houston the night previous, at the residence of her daughter. Mrs. Olga Llndegger, 1522 Sylvester Road, after a brief illness, at the age of 75 years. The remains were brought to this city Saturday afternoon, and after appropriate services at the local Lutheran Church by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, pastor, were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. Quite a large delegation of mourning relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites.

Mrs. Havemann is survived by five sons, Theodore, Henry, Hugo and Erich S Havemann of Houston, Otto Havemann of Oakland, and four daughters, Mrs. Helen Hinkel and Mrs. Annie Beken of the Weimar section, Mrs. J. C. Brooks of Oakland, and Mrs. Olga Lindegger of Houston.

Mrs. Havemann lived in this section for many years, her home being in the Content community. Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was a woman of wonderful personality, kindly disposition, and always a welcome visitor In every gathering. With it, all she was one of the best of wives and mothers. Her list of friends was numbered by her acquaintances, for all who knew her loved her.

Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones in the terrible loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1931

Havemann, Otto H.

O. Havemann Rites Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Otto H. Havemann, 87, of Oakland were held Monday, April 5, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel here with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Simpson and Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiated.

Mr. Havemann died April 3 at Citizens Memorial Hospital Victoria, after two weeks illness.

He was born January 13, 1889 at Content, the son of Theodore and Louise (Striebeck) Havemann, and married Clara Engels on Nov. 24, 1910, at New Bielau.

A retired farmer, he was a member of New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and had been a member of he New Bielau Hermann Sons Lodge more than 60 years.

Mr. Havemann’s wife survives along with four daughters, Mrs. Alfons (Hilda) Teltschik and Mrs. August (Lillian) Guettler of Taft, Mrs. Lester (Norma) Lippert[sic] of New Bielau and Mose Adolph (Elna) Freis of Weimar; one son, Clarence of Kenedy; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Olga Lindegger of San Antonio; and one brother, Hugo, of Houston.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Henry Beken, two brothers, Eric and Henry; two half-brothers, Edmund and Theodore, and two half-sisters, Helena Hinkel and Albina Brooks.

Pallbearers were Norman Teltschik, Corwin Teltschik, Lester Ray Lipperdt. George Heger, Kenneth Guettler, and Curtis Havemann.

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 1976

Havemann, Theodore

Theo. Havemann, a well known farmer of this section, died of Bright’s disease, at the residence of a friend in Houston, Saturday, and was brought here for burial [Odd Fellows’ Cemetery] the following day. He was a member of the New Bielau lodge of Herman Sons, and was buried under the auspices of that order Sunday afternoon. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1905, page 4


The sad news of the death of Theodore Havemann, Sr., was received here Sunday morning. The deceased had suffered for four years with kidney troubles. He had gone to Houston for medical aid, about three weeks ago, and had recuperated sufficiently to return home. A week ago the trouble became more severe, forcing him to return to Houston, from which point he was brought home a corpse Sunday morning. The deceased was born in Brandenberg, Germany, June 13, 1843. After serving in the army and being in active service in two wars--the Prussian war of 1866 and the Franco-Pruasian war of 1870-717, he emigrated to Texas in the year 1876 and located at Content, where he lived up to the time of his death. In 1903 deceased visited his former home in Germany, to see his aged mother. He leaves a widow, six sons and three daughters, and an aged mother, to mourn his death. He was an honored member of the Hermann Sons, which order conducted the funeral. Out of our midst we lose a friend and good citizen. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1905, page 8

Haverlah, Louise Helen (Hoppe)

Funeral services for Louise Helen Haverlah of New Ulm were held September 29, at 2 p.m. at Industry Methodist Church with Rev. John Hargis officiating. Burial was held at the New Ulm Cemetery.

Louise Haverlah was born December 3, 1898, in Austin county to Gustav Hoppe and Mary Fehrenkamp Hoppe. She married Bernhard William (Bennie) Haverlah on November 14, 1920. She was a lifetime resident of Austin County and a member of Industry Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Bernice) Bean of New Ulm; one son, Alton b. Haverlah of New Ulm; numerous nieces and nephews; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on September 17, 1966; one sister and five brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, October 7, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Hawinghton, Dempsey

Hawinghton’s Last Rites Held Here Yesterday

Last rites for Dempsey Hawinghton, 86, of Garwood were held at Columbus Funeral Home yesterday at 5 p.m. with Rev. A. M. Roos of the Garwood Methodist church officiatIng. Burial was in Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island.

Mr. Hawinghton died at his home in Garwood Tuesday. Born in Kentucky Nov. 28, 1870, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hawinghton. A retired farmer, he had lived In Garwood about 17 years and was a member of the Methodist church.

His widow survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. L. J. Allen.

Pallbearers were Lee Glass, Harry Lobpreis, Bill Chapman, Otto Oppermann, L. D. McCullen and Jerry Zbranek.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1956

Hawkes, George T.

Geo. T. Hawkes, 52, Former Citizen Of Weimar, Dies

News was received here Saturday evening of the very sudden death of George T. Hawkes of Flatonia, former businessman here.

Funeral services were held Mondy aafternoon at 3 o'clock from the family residence in Flatonia, with services being conducted at the Baptist Church there, the Rev. Ernst J Stack of Seguin and Rev. L. L. F. Parker, pastor of Flatonia Baptist Church, officiating. At the conclustion of the services, members of the Masonic Lodge took charge and the funeral cortege proceded to Weimar, where interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery here. The Masons conducted the services at the grave. Mr. A. H. Ahr of LaCoste was master of ceremonies.

A son of William H. and Theresa Marion Hawkes, he was born on June 16, 1891 at McKees, Texas. He was united in marriage to Miss Emily Estlinbaum on June 3, 1915, at Eagle Lake. To this union three children were born.

While Mr. Hawkes was for more than 30 years connected with railroad work, he was engaged in the grocery business here for about six years. Quitting the business he again entered railroad work, acting as section foreman at Alleyton and Borden, and at Flatonia for the past 17 years.

Joing the Baptist Church in Weimar, he held the position of deacon. At the time of his death he was deacon of the Flatonia Baptist Chruch. He was a member of the Flatonia Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star there. He was district chiarman of R. R. Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way employees.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Emily Hawkes, his father, W. H. Hawkes of Flatonia; one daughter, Miss Ellen Hawkes of Dayton, Texas; two sons, Corporal George W. Hawkes of Perrin Field and Pvt. Charles Hawkes of Camp Wallace. Also surviving are three[sic] sisters, Mrs. A. H. AHr of La Coste, Mrs. D. J. Hesrzing of Kirby, Mrs. F. S. Dunn of Nacogdoches, Mrs. Iva F. Burdet of Del Rio, Mrs. R. L. Nickels of Spofford, Mrs. Chas. L. Austin of McAllen; two brothers, Fred Hawkes of Eagle Lake, and Ernest Hawkes of Langtry. One brother John, died in France during World War I, in 1918.

Many Weimar friends join in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury September 17, 1943

Hawkes, John P.


Just as we were about to go to press last week a brief message was received announcing the death, from pneumonia at a French hospital, of that popular young man, John P. Hawkes. Aside from this brief announcement but few facts have been secured regarding his death, except that it occurred Oct. 28, of lobar pneumonia. The remains will probably be brought back to this country for interment at an early date.

John P. Hawkes was born June 24,1894; died Oct. 28, 1918. He entered the service of his country at San Antonio July, 16, 1917, enlisting in the 17th Reserve Engineers, and was immediately dispatched to France, leaving this country July 30. Mr. Hawkes was a member of the Weimar Baptist church, having joined same in May, 1917. He also was a Mason, a member of Hondo City Lodge No 750, A. F. & A. M. and had attained the distinction of being a 32d degree Mason, having taken these degrees in San Antonio in October, 1916.

Mr. Hawkes is survived by his parents, W. H. Hawkes and wife of Lacoste, Texas, three brothers and six sisters.

John P. Hawkes, a brother of George P. Hawkes, had visited in Weimar a number of times, and became quite well acquainted with our people. A quiet, unassuming gentleman, bearing the imprint of refinement, gentleness and courteousness upon his countenance, our people learned to love this young man, and he was always a welcome visitor in our community. In May, 1917, he joined the Weimar Baptist Church, and from that time on he was regarded as one of us in more ways than one. It was a common occurrence for our people to refer to John Hawkes as "a Weimar boy," so attached to hIm had they become. He was in deed and truth a noble young man, honest, upright, moral, a true christian, not ashamed to be a follower of the Master, and his death at a time when life looked brightest and most promising is indeed a sad blow, one that is keenly felt in all circles. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved parents, sisters, and brothers in their sad misfortune. May God comfort them, is our sincere prayer. [Reinterred in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, November 29, 1918, page 1

Hawkes, Theresa (Merion)

Funeral Services For Mrs. W. H. Hawkes, 76, Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. W. H. Hawkes, 76 wife of W. H. Hawkes of LaCoste, and mother of Mr. George T. Hawkes of Flatonia, former Weimar resident, were held at the Masonic Cemetery here Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock Rev. W. H. Barsh of Lockhart, conducted the service, assisted by Rev. Milton S. Leach of Flatonia. Interment was made in the family lot.

Pallbearers were six grandsons: A. W. Ahr, Don S Herzig, Ira Burditt, Jr., Charles Hawkes, and Geo. W. Hawkes.

Mrs. Hawkes, nee Theresa Merion, is survived by her husband and three sons: George T. of Flatonia, Fred H. of Eagle Pass, and Ernest M. of Cierra{sic] Blanca; six daughters: Mrs. A. H. Ahr of LaCoste, Mrs. D. J. Herzig of Converse, Mrs. Ira F. Burditt ot Del Rio, Mrs. Fern S. Dunn of Houston, Mrs. L. R. Nickel of Spofford and Mrs. Chas. L. Austin of Falfurrias; three brothers; twenty grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Three step-children also survive.

Mrs. Hawkes passed away at the family home in LaCoste Sunday morning, Nov. 10, at 6 o’clock, following a brief illness. A native of Medina county, she was widely known and her many friends join in mourning her passing. She was a Gold Star mother, and her son, John P., who died in France In 1918, is buried by her side here.

The Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy to the Hawkes family in their severe loss.

Weimar Mercury, November 15, 1940, page 1

Hawkins, Emma Frances (Labay)

Emma Frances Labay Hawkins

Emma Frances Labay Hawkins, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 17, at Palestine Regional Medical Center in Palestine.

Born February 16, 1920 in Garwood, to Michael John Labay and Veronika Becak Labay, Emma was only second generation American and spoke Czech fluently until the day she died.

She worked at the Brown Shipyard in Galveston during World War II, entertained many members of the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry in her Houston home and would regale any listener with hours of stories about Elvis, Hank Thompson, Sammy Davis Jr., Mickey Gilley, and Bob Wills.

Emma was a single working mother long before the days of women's lib, computers and cellphones. She paid for her home in Houston in two years with war bonds and raised her daughter and two generations of kids with her own mixture of love, laughter, chicken, and beer. And, of course, music. She was truly a "Redneck Mother" who would kiss away your tears after she tore you up for doing wrong.

Emma was a life -long member of the KJZT and the Catholic Daughters both based in Nada.

Known by everyone who knew her as "Memo" Hawkins, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Labay Cernoch, and Mary Labay Rose, both of Nada.

Memo leaves behind one daughter Barbara Litzner Watlington and husband Kelly of Palestine, one grandson Scott Litzner and his wife Jennifer of Nada, two granddaughters Monica Litzner and Timothy Odom of Phoenix, Arizona, and Kristina Litzner and Michael Koib of Goodyear, Arizona, and her greatest joy two brand new great?granddaughters, Shaelin Rae Odoin, and her namesake, Emma Marie Koib.

She was influential in the upbringing of her step-son Larry Lee Hawkins of Lisbon Fails, Maine, step-grandsons Lonnie and Brian Litzner both Chandler, Arizona, and countless "Reagan Rats" and the "26th Street Gang" in Houston.

Love of God with a true sense of right and wrong. Love of Family always remembering that the friends you choose are the family you pick. Good food. Cold beer. Dominos. Music and dancing. Memo always said "My life has been a pleasure." Believe me when we all say "Memo, the pleasure was ours."

Services were to be held Wednesday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, with interment following at the Nada Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ken Drlik, Bobby Meyer, Justin Jobe, Sammy Duncan, Bart Henry and Alton DeGeorge.

Honorary pallbearers were Kelly Watlington, James K. "Cowboy" Jobe, Roy Boyd, Hilmer David Fritsch, Larry Lee Hawkins and Jimmy Davis.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 23rd, 2006 
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hawkins, Mary

Mary Hawkins, a negro woman, was stabbed in the neck with a knife by Tobe Caldwell, a negro man, down on Mr. J. P. Anderson’s place last Saturday night and death resulted with fifteen minutes afterward. Jealousy is said to have been the motive of the crime. After killing the woman Caldwell made his escape and evaded the officers until Tuesday night when he came to Eagle Lake and gave himself up to Deputy Sheriff H. S Vineyard, saying that he knew Mr. Vineyard would get him sooner or later anyway. He was taken to jail in Columbus Tuesday night. The negro was a tenant on Frazar brothers plantation and has always borne a good reputation and was considered a fine hand, and unlike most negroes he has saved his money and had something like a thousand dollars deposited in the bank.--Eagle Lake Headlight [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 1, 1906

Hawks, Kate Belle (Looper) Smith

Many Attend Last Rites For Mrs. Hawks Nov. 2nd

Funeral services for Mrs. Kate (Smith) Hawks were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 2nd, from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake. Officiating at the services were the Rev. J. E. Bozeman, a personal friend of Angleton, Texas, and the Rev. Henry Adrion III of the First Baptist church in Eagle Lake. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers were: Carter Walker, H. E. Tate, T. T. Waddell, G. H. Tate, Albert Pustejovsky and Ervin Terrell.

Mrs. Hawks passed away Oct. 31, 1995 at the Pasadena-Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena, Texas.

Katie Belle Looper was born on Oct. 5, 1895, in Mansfield, Arkansas, to William Henry and Belle Looper. She was married to G. B. Smith on Feb. 28, 1911 in Oklahoma. In 1917, they moved to the Eagle Lake community where they made many friends. Mr. Smith passed away in Sept. 1935, but Mrs. Smith remained in this community until July 1944 when she was married to Horace E. Hawks of Cleveland, Tenn.

For the past several years, she and Mr. Hawks had made their home in Palacios, Texas; however, following his death on Aug. 13, 1965, she moved to Pasadena to make here home near her daughter, Mrs. Lindell Vasek.

Surviving are five children: Bertice and Jack Smith of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Betty Jane Rowe of Lancaster, J. L. Smith of Houston, and Mrs. Lindell Vasek of Pasadena. Another daughter, Mrs. Eva Loyce Lowry of Palacios, preceded her in death in July of 1962. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hawks will be greatly missed by the many friends and loved one she leaves behind.

Out of town friends and relatives who came to pay their last respects were: Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bryant and Gary of Vanderbilt; Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Tise and family of La Porte; Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Rowe and family of Lancaster; Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Vasek, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Vasek, Frank Vasek and Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Vasek, all of Orange; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Vasek, Barbara and Charles Wayne of Pasadena; Majol (sic) Smith and Mrs. R. L. Nelson of Houston; G. C. Looper and S. H. Looper of Boling; Jo Faye Mueck of Rosenberg; Florence Kepke and Mrs. Van Smith of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Smith of Houston; Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Bozeman of Angleton; Richard Smith, San Marcos; Mrs. Addie Foster, Mrs. Bill Jenkins and Mrs. Ruth Jenkins of Palacios; Robert A. Lowry, Lake Jackson; Lacey Lowry and Mr. and Mrs. George Lowry and Sharon of Houston.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, November 11, 1965
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Haworth, Simeon Lewis


Simeon Lewis Haworth, at his home in Chesterville, on Saturday, July 13th, at 1 p. m.  Death came to his relief after a lingering illness of some four weeks, with typhoid fever.  The deceased was born in Cass county, Iowa, on June 30th, 1870, and up to four years ago resided there, but came to Texas in the spring of 1897, and has since resided at Chesterville. Up to about six months prior to his death Mr. Haworth had managed the "Haworth Ranch," on the Bernard river, just east of Chesterville.  The deceased leaves a wife and two daughters at Chesterville to mourn his loss.  They were with him at his death.  The deceased has a father and brother and three sisters residing near Griswold, Iowa, none of whom were present during his illness.

    Services were held at the Haworth home on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, interment being made at the Eagle Lake cemetery. [Lakeside]  The deceased was just in the prime of life, and while vigorous, proved no match for the ravages of disease.  It is to be regretted that a man just entering on the broad plane of life should be thus compelled to leave his loved ones, yet none knoweth when his time has come.  The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

From the Chesterville News, July 19, 1901 as reprinted in Eagle Lake Headlight, Oct. 2, 1969
From the files of Arthur Anderson
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Hayek, Alton Ray

Young Hayek Boy Interred Friday

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for Alton Ray Hayek, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Hayek. Burial was in Riesing Cemetery with the Rev. G. Wolf of the Lutheran church officiating. Untermeyer Bros. were in charge of arrangements.

The child died at Columbus Hospital Thursday after an illness of two weeks. He was born on August 4, 1938, a son of Fritz and Myrtle Stallbaum Hayek.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a half-sister, Mrs. Bill Slovacek, and a half-brother, Joe Hayek. A brother, Reuben, died two years ago at the age of 11 and another brother, Leroy, died eight years ago at the age of three.

Pallbearers were Gus Rienecke and Hugo Muery, Bellville; Herman Melonack, Sealy, and E. F. Bertsch, Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, 3 Jan 1946, page 1
Contributed by Matt Cross

Hayek, Anna (Schultz)


Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Hayek, 83, were held Tuesday afternoon at the E. J. Untermeyer residence, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating.

Mrs. Hayek was born Anna Schultz on Feb. 10, 1865. As a child she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.

Since the death of her husband, Frank Hayek, in 1932, Mrs. Hayek had been living with her only surviving son, Fritz Hayek. She died at his home Monday night.

Other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Charles Richter, Mrs. Joe Richter and Mrs. Henry Richter, all of Columbus; two brothers, John Schultz, New Ulm, and Julius Schultz, Galveston; one sister, Mrs. Frank Pickett, Wharton; 18 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, 19 Feb 1948, page 7
Contributed by Matt Cross

Hayek, Frank

Mr. Frank Hayek

The death of Mr. Frank Hayek occurred at his home north of town Sunday morning at about one o'clock. He was 77 years, 1 month and 3 day of age. Funeral services were held at the City Cemetery at four o'clock Sunday evening, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Mr. Hayek was an old resident of this section and a highly respected, substantial citizen.

He is survived by three brothers, Joe of West, Paul of Bryan and William of Galveston one sister, Mrs. John Rochen of Waller, the wife and three children, Mrs. Dora Bertsch of this city and Fritz Hayek and Mrs. Anne Richter of Shaws Bend, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2, 1932
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hayek, Frank Jr.

Ellinger News Items.

June 12.--News was received here last Wednesday of the death of Frank Hijek [sic.] of Brushy, oldest son of Frank Hijeck and wife. The deceased had been in bad health for several months and death was not unexpected. He was a little over 20 years old. His remains were laid to rest in the family grave-yard [unknown] in Kollmann’s pasture the following day. May he rest in peace.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1911, page 8

Hayek, Fritz

Fritz Hayek

Funeral services for Fritz Hayek, 88, of Columbus were held Wednesday from the Henneke Funeral Home.  Rev. Robert Schlortt officiated.  Interment was in Riesing Cemetery under direction of Henneke Funeral Home. 

Hayek died Jan. 10, 1982 in the Columbus Community Hospital.  He was born May 26, 1892 in the Brushy Community, the son of Frank and Anna (Schultz) Hayek.  Hayek was married to Mrytle Stallbaum, who preceded him in death on April 6, 1959.  He was a retired blacksmith and had reside din Columbus for 46 years.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Hayek is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Annie Slovacek of Columbus; three sons, Joe Hayek of Columbus, Harvey Hayek of Ellinger and Howard Hayek of Columbus; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.  Four other sons preceded him in death.  Pallbearers at the funeral were Lester Richter, Harry Ladwig, Hubert Girndt Jr., Reggie Briscoe, Buddy Prause and Hubert Girndt.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1982
Transcribed by David Hahn

Hayek, Herbert L.

Herbert L. Hayek

Herbert L. Hayek, of Columbus died Feb. 28 in his home in Columbus from pnuemonia [sic]. He was 25.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home March 2, with The Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Burial was in Riesing Cemetery, north of Columbus.

Mr. Hayek was born Aug. 10, 1952 in Columbus, the son of Fritz Hayek and the former Myrtle Stalbaum, both of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Oscar Henicke, Hubert Girndt, Hubert Girndt Jr., Kelly Wilburn, Alfred Girndt, Anthony Cripps, Clarence Noska and Leon Drymalla.

Survivors include his father, Fritz Hayek of Columbus; a sister Mrs. Annie Slovacek of Columbus; two brothers, Harvey Hayek of Ellinger and Howard Hayek of Columbus.

His mother and 5 brothers preceded him in death.

Colorado County [Tex.] Citizen, 9 Mar 1978, page 2
Contributed by Matt Cross

Hayek, Howard "Pud"


Howard "Pud" Hayek, 47, of Columbus passed away March 18 in Ellinger.

He was born in Weimar Oct. 29, 1955 to Fritz and Myrtle Hayek.

He was a self-employed auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Reuben, Leroy, Alton Roy and Herbert Hayek; and half-sister, Annie Solvacek.

He is survived by brothers, Harvey and wife Carol Hayek of Ellinger and Joe and wife Evelyn Kayek of Columbus; nieces, Barbara Briscoe of Sheridan, Stephanie Hayek of Katy and Karen Kayek Spiro of Dallas; and nephew, Deric Hayek of Ellinger.

Funeral services were March 21 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Interment followed at Hayek [Riesing] Cemetery.

Pallbearers were J.B. Rogers, Dustin Briscoe, Reggie Briscoe, Deric Hayek, John Blair and Greg Busselman.

Colorado County Citizen, March 26, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hayek, Jerry Alfred

Jerry Hayek Funeral Held Here Sept. I5.

Funeral services for Jerry Alfred Hayek, 67, of Rt. I, Weimar, were held Friday, Sept. 15, from St. Michael Church, with burial in the parish cemetery, Father John Bily officiated.

Hayek, a World War II veteran, and a former county landfill inspector, died Sept. 13 in Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Born May 25, 1922, at La Grange, he was a son of Frank and Frances (Trlicek) Hajek. He married Evelyn Kallus at La Grange on Aug. 2, 1946 They had lived in the Weimar area the past 31 years.

Hayek served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 14,1942, until Dec. 18, 1946, including 14 months overseas with a combat engineers battalion. As a sergeant, he was in charge of a squad that built roads, bridges and other projects in the European Theater. He earned bronze service stars for the Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes campaigns, the Good Conduct Medal and the EAMET Ribbon. He was a meat cutter for 30 years and in latter years was county inspector and manager of the landfill for 12 years.

His wife survives, along with two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerome (Jerry Gene) and Darlene Hayek of Weimar and Donald and Marie Hayek of Columbus;.a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Gary Ulrich of Weimar; five grandchildren, Jason and Amanda Ulrich; Tania, Tamara and Stacy Hayek; and a sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Horace Nunnally of Mt. Airy, Ga.

His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Herbert C. Ulbrich, Daniel Ulbricht, Clinton C. Huebel, Lawrence Ulbrich, Ed Hanzelka Jr. and Bennie A. Bertsch.

Weimar Mercury, September 21, 1989, page 3

Hayek, Joe


Joe Hayek, 89, of the Brushy Community passed away March 22 at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston.

He was born June 18, 1919 in Shaws Bend to Fritz Hayek and Meta Steinhauser. A lifetime resident of Colorado County, he was a self-employed farmer and rancher. He was a member of Fayetteville Brethren Church near Fayetteville and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Annie Slovacek; and half-brothers, Rueben, Leroy, Herbert, Alton Roy and Howard Hayek.

He is survived by longtime friend Evelyn Koehl of the Brushy Community; half-brother, Harvey Hayek and wife Carol of Ellinger; nieces, Barbara Brisco and husband Reggie of Sheridan; Stephanie Hayek of Katy; and Karen Hayek Spiro and husband Jim of Bastrop; nephew, Deric Hayek and wife Shelly of Fayetteville; and great nieces and nephews, Leah Brisco and husband Kevin Kahlden of Austin, Dustin Brisco of San Antonio, Madison Spiro of Bastrop, Harley Hayek of Fayetteville and Jackson Ford of Katy.

Funeral services took place Thursday, March 26 at Fayetteville Brethren Church near Fayetteville under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Milton Maly officiating. Interment followed at Kaiser Cemetery in the Brushy Community.

Pallbearers included Reggie Brisco, Larry Janak, Derrick Hayek, Joe Ripple, John Onken and Dustin Brisco.

Honorary pallbearers included Herbert Aschenbeck, Anton Becka and John Mau.

Colorado County Citizen, 31 Mar 2009
Contributed by Matt Cross

Hayek, Myrtle (Stallbaum)

Mrs. Fritz Hayek Buried April 8 In Shaw’s Bend

Funeral services were held last week Wednesday at Untermeyer Funeral home for Mrs. Fritz Hayek, 47, who died suddenly Monday morning at her home. Raymond Durst, minister of St. John’s Lutheran church at Rutersville, officiated. Burial was in Reising cemetery at Shaw’s Bend.

Born at New Ulm in 1912, she married in 1931 and moved to Columbus in 1939. Mrs. Hayek was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.

Survivors include her husband, 3 sons, Harvey 9; Herbert Lee, 6, and Howard 3; 2 stepchildren, Mrs. Willie Slovacek and Joe Hayek; her mother Mrs. Mary Stalbaum; and a sister, Mrs. Arthur Becker. Three sons preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Hubert Girndt, Frank Huebel, Herman Balzer, Calvin Poenitzsch, Warren Wilburn and Arthur Becker Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, April 16, 1959, page 14

Hayek, Reuben

HAYEK - Ruben Hajek, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Hayek of Columbus, died at 7 o'clock yesterday morning at John Sealy Hospital. He was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Columbus and had only been in Galveston a few days for medical treatment. The body was forwarded overland by J. Levy & Bro. funeral home yesterday afternoon to Columbus for services and interment [Riesing Cemetery] there.

Galveston News, 6 Jul 1943, page 9
Submitted by Matt Cross

Hayner, Emma J.

Former Citizen of Rock Island Dies
Special to the Citizen

Rock Island, July 14----Mrs. D.B. Hayner, former citizen of this place died July 9 at the home of her daughter Mrs. P.A. Lundy in ElCampo.  FUneral services were held in El Campo the following day with interment in Myrtle cemetery here.

Mrs. Hayner, born 81 years ago in Booneville, Iowa, settled here in 1905.  Besides Mrs. Lundy she is survived by another daughter Mrs. Elise Beardsley and one son Fay Hayner, both of Houston: nine grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren

Colorado County Citizen, July 15, 1943
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Hayes, Joseph Howard


Joseph Howard Hayes Drowns In Effort to Save Life Of Companion

Joseph Howard Hayes, 19-year-old employe of the J. T. Young sawmill at Alleyton, drowned in the Colorado river at Alleyton Saturday afternoon in an attempt to save the life of a girl companion who floated into a strong current.

Hayes, John and Nell Young and Willie Mae Piekert, all of Alleyton were swimming in the river on the Everett place when the Piekert girl was swept into the current. Both boys went to the rescue and Young brought the girl to safety, but Hayes was unable to make shore again.

Seaching[sic] parties were organized immediately by C. L. Griffith but the boy’s body remained in the water for about two hours,until it was discovered about six o’clock by J. D. Reitz and the Young boy. Member of the Columbus fire department aided in the search.

Funeral service were held Monday in Chesterville, with the Columbus Funeral Home in charge. Besides his father, Henry Hayes of Dallas, his mother, Mrs. Stella Leonard of Ruth, Miss., Hayes is survived by several brothers and sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, May 21, 1942

Hayes, Oliver Wesson

Mr. Oliver Wesson Hayes Buried Here Saturday

Funeral services for Oliver Wesson Hayes were held at the W. E. Obenhaus residence in Glidden Saturday afternoon, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist church of this city officiating.

Interment took place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Deceased was born in Glidden on October 20, 1906. He attended school at Glidden and enlisted in the U. S. Army, serving several years. Since 1928 he had been residing in San Antonio. He passed out of this life at a hospital in San Antonio last Thursday.

He is survived by a stepmother, Mrs. Mary Hayes of Los Angeles, Calif., a sister, Mrs. Milburn Manger of San Antonio, and a grandmother, Mrs. S. V. Wesson, also of San Antonio, to whom the sympathy of this community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, March 14th, 1935

Haynes, John Lee "Russaw"

John Lee "Russaw" Haynes of Eagle Lake, passed away February 10, 2002, at Rosenberg Health and Rehabilitation.

Born November 19, 2923 in Altair, he was the son of Jessie and Texana Haynes.

He was raised by his guardian and great-uncle, Charlie Foster Sr.

After attending public schools in Altair, he was united in marriage to Luvenia Fletcher on Marach 20, 1946. To this union, two children were born.

He was a former employee of the Wintermann Company.

He was preceded in death by this parents; guradian; and a daughter, Elva Haynes Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Luvenia of Eagle Lake; daughter, Rev. J. M. (Johnnie MaeP]) Haynes Mitchell; son-in-law, Timothy Mitchell of Anderson, Texa; two sisters, Lizzie Tillman of East Bernarad and Rosie M. Owens of La Marque; one grandson, Terry Michael Brown of Houston; one granddaughter, Terri Laschell Haynes of Atlanta, Georgia; one great-grandson, Shaun Haynes of Atlanta; one great-granddaughter, Dominque Monaca Haynes-Fowlkes of Houston; nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Funeral serevices were held Saturday, February 16, at 1 p.m. from Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Thomas E. Kuykenall, pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in the Eagle Lake Community Cemetery North.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Middleton, Dennis Stewart, Lonnie Ray Flowers, Robert L. Boone, Tim Mitchell and Tery Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were Lonnies Ray and Leroy Spates Jr,; Obie anhd Robert Reed; John and Russaw Knowles; Julius Slaughter; William Evans; Alex Woolridge; Shaun Haynes; and Jack Fletcher Jr.

Sympathy is exgtended to the family in their losss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 7, 2002

Haynes, Mary Estelle (Alley)

Mary Estelle Haynes, age 81, passed away January 7 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.  She was born April 22, 1907 in Glidden to John M. Alley and Estelle (Turnbough) Alley.  She married Frank D. Haynes on March 1, 1941.  A lifetime resident of Glidden, Mrs. Hayes was a retired beautician.  She was a member of Glidden Baptist Church.  Services were held January 8 with Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating.  Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  She was preceeded in death by her husband Frank and daughter Dorothy Jean Heine.  Surviving her are one son, Vernon Haynes of Friendswood; four grandchildren, E. Estelle Potter, Mary Hopkins Locatelli, Jack V. Haynes, Mary Catherine Haynes; two great=grandsons, J. Cole Hopkins and Marc B. Locatelli. 

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1989
Submitted by David Hahn

Haynie, James A.

Yesterday the remains of ex-Grand Master James A. Haynie, of Waco, who died on the 1st instant, passed through this city on the way to LaGrange (his old home) for interment. Col. Haynie has been for years a prominent and influential Odd Fellow--one of the pillars of the order--in our State. He was an old citizen of Texas, distinguished for integrity of character. Grand Master Wagenfuhr and several members of Kosmos and Columbus Lodges, of this city, accompanied the remains to LaGrange.

Colorado Citizen, August 4, 1887


Our neighbor, W. A. Baar, received a telegram from Past Grand Master J. T. Walton, of Waco, announcing the death of P. G. M. Jas. A. Haynie, father of Mrs. Amsi Bradshaw, of LaGrange. Our heart was greatly pained , when we heard of the death of that good old Mason and Odd Fellow, with whom we have been intimately acquainted with for the last thirty years. He was buried in La Grange last Wednesday, the 3d. We, with others, extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, August 4, 1887

Haynie, Mattie W.

Mrs. H. M. Haynie,wife of the Methodist pastor at Weimar, died Sunday at the Osage campmeeting grounds and the remains were brought here for interment in the Masonic Cemetery. She had a slight fainting spell Saturday, but was well enough to go out to the camp grounds. Becoming indisposed while on the grounds, she went to the tent of Mrs. York, laid down, and in a few moments breathed her last. She was a native of Marshall county, Miss., and was 45 years of age at the time of her death.

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1892

Oakland Remarks

A gloom was cast over the people of our town last Sunday on haring of the death of Mrs. Haynie, wife of our pastor, Rev. H. M. Haynie. We offer our condolence to him and his family in their sad bereavement.

Weimar Mercury July 23, 1892

To say that our city was painfully shocked last Sunday to learn of Mrs. H. M. Haynie’s death would but illy express it. So many of our citizens saw her but a few hours before, and then she was apparently in the best of health. Such a sudden shock was the news of her death that they could hardly realize it. She had been for some time a sufferer from rheumatism of the heart. Only last Saturday night she was suddenly seized with an attack and came near fainting, but rallied, and was soon, to all appearances, fully recovered. She went out to the campgrounds at Osage Sunday morning, and attended services, but feeling faint she left before the close and went to Mrs. York’s tent to lie down. Reaching there she was given attention, but died in a few moments, before her husband arrived at the tent (he not being aware that anything was the matter). Her remains were brought to the city soon afterwards to the family residence, and were interred at the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock, a vast concourse of sympathizing friends following the remains to their last resting place.

Mrs. Haynie was born in Marshall county, Miss., in 1847, and was 45 years of age at the time of her death. She, with her husband (Rev. H. M. Haynie, came to this state seven years ago, and moved from Brazoria county to this city in 1883. During her residence here she won the love and esteem of all our people by her many noble and enduring traits of character, and her sad and untimely death caused many hearts to grieve. She leaves an almost heart-broken husband and children to mourn her death, besides a host of friends.

To them THE MERCURY’S most sincere condolences are extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1892

Hays, Dave

Eagle Lake Items

Dave Hays, a good old freedman, died at his residence in the bottom Saturday night. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 12, 1888, page 3

Haywood, Lottie

Weimar Local Matter

Old “Aunt” Lottie, wife of Rev. A. G. Haywood, colored, died in this city Sunday evening last. “Aunt Lottie” was loved by all who knew her, both white and black, who mourn her loss. She was a faithful servant, and died with the full Christian armor on. [Place of interment unknown] [In the 1880 census there was a Lettie, age 69, wife of Richard, 62, a minister listed]

Colorado Citizen, January 12, 1888, page 3

Hazel, Frank

Frank Hazle, a negro well-known in Weimar became involved in a row with Simon Mitchell, another negro, at a dinner at Moravia, Lavaca county, Wednesday afternoon, and Simon fired a shotgun at him, the shot nearly tearing his head off, and killing him instantly. The body was brought to Weimar and buried. We did not learn whether or not the murderer had been arrested.

Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1896, page 2

The killing of Frank Hazel by Simon Mitchell was briefly mentioned in our last issue. Mitchell was arraigned before Justice Townsend Friday and the testimony, taken at the inquest was submitted in this case. The court held the case bailable[sic] and fixed Mitchell's bond at $750, winch he readily gave. The testimony was substantially as follows”

"All were at a picnic at Breslau. Frank Hazel's young nephew became noisy, disturbing the peace. Mitchell told him if he couldn’t keep quiet he would make him leave the ground. The boy told Hazel of what had occurred. Hazel came riding up to a crowd where Simon Mitchell was and jumped off of the horse. He had a knife in his hand. He made a move toward the crowd. Somebody hollowed, "Look out, Mitchell!" Hazel cried out: "Damn Mitchell!” in an instant Mitchell, whose back was toward Hazel, wheeled, grabbed a gun from his wagon and faced Hazel, who grabbed the muzzle of the gun. A desperate struggle ensued. Mitchell, however, being the stronger of the two, wrenched the gun from Hazel’s hands and shoved him off about ten feet and raised the gun and fired, killing Hazel instantly. Hazel was ten feet away when the shot was fired." [Place of interment unknown]

The trial will no doubt bring out details and may change the aspect of the case materially.---.Halletsvile Herald.

Weimar Mercury, August 8, 1896, page 4
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